American Elephants


When Will Europe Love Us? by American Elephant
February 6, 2009, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, Politics | Tags: ,

This quote from NATO Secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer pretty much sums it up:

“If Europeans expect that the United States will close Guantanamo, sign up to climate change treaties, accept European Union leadership on key issues, but [expect] nothing in return for example in Afghanistan, they should think again.”

In other words, Europeans will love us when we submit our national interests to theirs. But isn’t that what conservatives have been saying all along?



Happy Birthday Ronnie! by American Elephant
February 6, 2009, 10:38 am
Filed under: Conservatism, Freedom, History, Socialism | Tags: , ,

First Lady Nancy Reagan suprises President Ronald Reagan on his birthday.

Today would be the 98th birthday of President Ronald Wilson Reagan, the man responsible for the longest period of peace and economic growth in American history.

I would remind people of that, especially now as Barack Obama and Democrats are launching all out war on the conservative, free-market principles he championed that gave us that prosperity. Trying to blame capitalism for the failure of the financial markets that were really destroyed by liberal command and control policies. Trying to convince Americans that the reason our economy has faltered is because we did not cede enough liberty and power to government.

But we’ve heard all these failed arguments before. Ronald Reagan certainly did.

I hope you will take a moment on his birthday to listen to this speech Reagan gave to the 1964 Republican National Convention, as Barry Goldwater faced Lyndon Johnson in the general election. The similarities to the fights we face today are striking.

And now we must fight the same battles all over again. I hope all Republicans, especially our leaders, will draw inspiration from Reagan’s words, stand up for conservative principles — and get out there and win one for the Gipper!

(h/t Gay Patriot)



A little odd news to disturb your dreams. by The Elephant's Child
February 6, 2009, 1:51 am
Filed under: Environment, Science/Technology | Tags: ,

I ran onto two bits of news today , both a little disturbing.  First, an extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning.  For the first time an extinct animal has been brought back to life after being cloned from frozen tissue.

The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain. …

Using DNA taken from…skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known.  It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.

Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs.  Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects.

The second story concerns the discovery of the fossilized bones of the world’s longest snake, at a site in northern Columbia.  The largest snake previously known, a python, held the record for length of a snake, measured at 33 feet.

Titanoboa, a relative of the boa constrictor, estimated from the size and curvature of the fragments, suggest that the snake must have been about 42 feet long, or as long as a London bus.

Titanoboa, described in the weekly science journal Nature, was dug up at Cerrejon, one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, where as well as the snake, researchers discovered fossils of their prey including crocodiles and turtles.

I’m not sure I like the idea of cloning.  It immediately brings back memories of Jurassic Park, which was a disturbing movie.  Once you start bringing back extinct animals, where do you stop?  There have been frozen mammoths found in Siberian ice. New creatures are found all the time, and some go extinct. Is that just the natural process of the world, or something that we should or should not get involved with?  Wasn’t Michael Crichton’s whole purpose in that movie to warn us off?

I have never been bothered by snakes.  As a child I carried garter snakes around all the time, for my aunts were most definitely bothered by snakes.  And I’ve killed a few rattlesnakes, but I draw the line at a 46 foot long snake who can chow down on an crocodile.  That is just too much!




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