American Elephants

This is Real Life, Not a Movie! by The Elephant's Child
May 30, 2009, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Law, Military, National Security, Politics | Tags: ,

The Obama administration is repeating the national security mistakes of the Clinton Administration.  Andy McCarthy, who prosecuted the first World Trade Center bombing and knows what he is talking about, writes at National Review Online:

On Thursday, Josh Meyer of the Los Angeles Times broke the story that the FBI is edging the CIA out of the business of fighting international terrorism.  Under the bureau”s “global justice initiative, Meyer reported that “FBI agents will have a central role in overseas counter-terrorism cases.  They will expand their questioning of suspects and evidence-gathering to try to ensure that criminal prosecutions are an option.”  Who needs a War on Terror, or even an “overseas contingency operation,” when all the world”s a crime scene?

If you’re thinking, “Hey, we’ve seen this movie before,” you”re right.  Slowly but surely, it’s September 10 again, a retreat into Clinton-era counterterrorism, when radical Islam prosecuted a war while we tried to prosecute radical Islam in court, playing cops-and-robbers while jihadists played for keeps.

Do read the whole article.  Dick Cheney was right.  The Obama administration is weak on national security, and our enemies have noticed.

The administration’s problem is an inability to recognize the difference between a criminal matter and a military matter.  They are not the same.  Obama is not much interested in foreign affairs, and it shows.  As Andy McCarthy says, “Yes, we’ve seen this movie before.  And we know how it ends.”


Sarah Palin Was Right. by The Elephant's Child
May 30, 2009, 4:06 am
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming

Sarah Palin told us back last July that we were not doing right.  We were asking the Saudis to ramp up their production of crude oil to help get the price of gas down.  Governor Palin pointed out that we had enough oil and gas in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea to supply America for a decade.  Alaska has the resources, she told us, and we don’t need to beg for them from Saudi Arabia.

The Chukchi Sea, northwest of Alaska’s landmass, was thought at the time to hold about 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Now Science magazine reports that the U.S. Geological Survey has found that the Chukchi Sea holds more resources than anyone believed.  There is estimated to be 1.6 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered gas — 30 percent of the world’s supply— and 83 billion barrels of undiscovered oil, 4 percent of the globe’s known resources, in those icy waters.

So much for the Peak Oil crowd.  And frankly, so much for the cap-and-trade schemes brewing in congress.  The earth has always been warming and cooling, and humanity adapts.  It has been warmer in the past, and cooler in the past.

Cap-and-trade will have no effect on global climate whatsoever.  It will raise the cost of living for each family somewhere from $3,000 to $4,000 a year while rewarding rent seekers in the Climate Action Partnership like Al Gore,  assorted power companies and environmental organizations who expect to profit hugely by trading carbon emission permits.

Global warming alarmism exists only in the computer programs of the UN’s IPCC, not in observed science, nor in geological history, as the preceding videos of Ian Plimer attest.  There is, however,  a lot of money to go to favored Democrat supporters and donors.

Will President Obama have the courage to call a halt to the cap-and-trade insanity? Doubtful.  As he extols wind and solar energy which cannot work, and claims that we need to escape our “dependence on foreign oil” will he seize upon a real solution or keep chasing environmental fantasies?  Or is all the cap-and-trade, the “clean alternate energy,” and the non-existent “green jobs” not about the environment at all, but really about more power for the government over the economy?

President Obama was just at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, extolling their $100 million solar power array, which allows them to sell $1 million worth of power to the grid.  There is definitely something wrong with that math.

A recent study by Exxon Mobil calculates that even as efforts to develop alternate fuels go ahead, oil will remain the dominant energy source through at least 2030, probably even more.

If we do not go after our own oil, the Russians will.  They have developed nuclear fueled drilling platforms especially for Arctic waters, and they clearly have ambitions of dominating the world’s energy business, and few qualms about closing in on others claims.

Congress needs to stop caving in to the radical environmental crowd.  The Greens have been wrong about global warming, wrong about green jobs, wrong about the Arctic melting, wrong about wind, solar and tidal power, wrong about nuclear power, wrong about hydropower, wrong about oil and natural gas, and wrong about the polar bears as well.

With a record like that, it really isn’t worth paying attention to them.

The Missing Science of Climate Change, Explained. by The Elephant's Child
May 29, 2009, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, History

Australian Professor Ian Plimer has recently published — to rave reviews — a book on the basic science of climate change, titled Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science. Dr. Plimer is Australia’s most famous geologist, and an expert on our always changing climate and its influences on the earth.

The interview is fascinating, and Dr. Plimer is a warm, funny expert who is delightful to spend a few minutes with. I suspect that interviewer Brian Carlton expected to interview one of those ‘crazy global warming deniers,’ and had his eyes and mind opened a bit. Do watch, you will be glad you did.

Alert! Alert! New Information in the Grocery Bag Wars! by The Elephant's Child
May 28, 2009, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Environment, Law | Tags: , ,

We previously thoroughly explained the grocery bag wars here.  The whole supposed reason behind the banning of plastic bags was phony.  Shoppers in many locations are urged to buy cloth bags, and in some cities like Seattle are charged 20¢ for each plastic or paper bag.   Since the studies upon which environmentalists rested their silly demands were misrepresented, it took a really uninformed government or the most dedicated of nannies to pass such regulations.

Now we have a new study.  “The main risk is food poisoning“, Dr. Richard Summerbell, research director at Toronto -based Sporometrics and the former chief of medical mycology for the Ontario Ministry of Health said in evaluating the study results.  Other risks include allergic reactions, triggering of asthma attacks, skin infections such as bacterial boils, and ear infections.

The study found that 64 percent of reusable cloth bags were contaminated, and close to 30 percent had bacterial counts higher than what is considered  safe for drinking water.  40 percent of the bags had yeast or mold, and some had an unacceptable presence of coliforms, faecal intestinal bacteria, when there should have been none at all.

The dark, moist, warm interior of a folded, used reusable bag is an ideal incubator for bacteria when it has been infected with a small amount of water and trace food contamination.

The potential for cross-contamination is high when bags are used for successive trips to the grocery.  Check-out staff may transfer microbes if the contaminates get on their hands.  Leaking meat wrappings, water from moist produce, cracked eggs or leaking dairy containers are the fuel for elevated bacterial counts.

Do not use cloth grocery bags for toting gym clothes or diapers or anything but groceries to prevent  any possible exposure to MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant infectious bacterium.  In cases of food poisoning, researchers will have to test reusable bags as well as food products for the source of contaminates.

In the meantime, another little chore is added after you put the groceries away.  Bleach and launder the cloth bags carefully after each use.

Liberals and environmentalists are uninterested in consequences.  They keep sticking us with regulations that don’t work, are dangerous to our health, destructive, and/or useless  in their continued efforts to remake the world in the image of the fantasy in their minds.

Healthcare: Government is the PROBLEM, not the Solution. by American Elephant
May 28, 2009, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Politics, Socialism

Great new ad from Patients United Now featuring a Canadian woman warning Americans against socialized health care, one of the few groups I have seen fighting socialized medicine with television ads. The ad is currently playing in 8 states. Help them out if you can.

Time To Get Out The Pitchforks, Folks! Stupid Democrat Tricks. by The Elephant's Child
May 27, 2009, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Health Care, Taxes

Well.  President Obama is beginning to discover how expensive his health care plans are.  In spite of promises of less costly health care, his administration’s Ezekiel Emmanuel (brother of Rahm) and Peter Orzag (budget chief), are now talking about a 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) to — guess what — help pay for health care!  Once again the words of his mouth do not match his actions.

For the uninitiated, a VAT is a tax on every economic transaction at every stage, from raw goods to consumer.  Europe has one, and it is one of the reasons for European decline in standard of living, decline in freedom, economic activity and happiness.

Democrats want more money, now that they’ve spent so much. In Congress, they are pushing a Cap-and-Trade tax (Waxman/Markey), and talking about some kind of internet tax.

Christina Romer, President Obama’s chief economic adviser, has written one of the most careful studies of the economic effects of raising taxes. Going back to 1947, she found that raising taxes by 1 percent resulted in a 2 to 3 percent drop in Gross Domestic Product.

Consequences!  They don’t care about consequences, they want nationalized health care so they can run our lives, because they know best.  They want to save the planet from nonexistent global warming.  Does it occur to no one that they should just stop spending?  Will they never, never learn?

128 Days Later: It Can Always Get Worse by American Elephant
May 27, 2009, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Humor, Politics, YouTube | Tags: ,

Hilarious new parody from the libertarian ReasonTV, the same outfit that brought us, “Real Men of Genius” starring American Elephants‘ very own Joe Depot photoshop. The new video spoofs the hit zombie-flick, 28 Days Later. (No, you don’t have to have seen the original to enjoy the spoof). Be sure to watch through to the end:

Hilarious. Still, I have to disagree that Biden would be worse. Obama is far worse. Yes, Biden is an idiot, but I don’t think he would dare push America as far left, as fast, as Obama is, nor do I think he would be given the complete uncritical pass that has been given to Obama.

(h/t Ed Morrissey)

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