American Elephants


Never Fear. The Secretary of Homeland Security is On the Case! by The Elephant's Child

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The American Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, says that her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after Thursday’s dreadful massacre by U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is enlightening to see just what the Obama administration means by “homeland security.” Can’t offend anyone.  Don’t want any hurt feelings.



Just the Facts, Please. We Don’t Need the Politically Correct Version. by The Elephant's Child

THIS WEEKEND IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON:

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On Halloween, Police Officer Timothy Brenton and rookie Officer Britt Sweeney were sitting in a car following a traffic stop when shots were fired in a clear assassination attempt.  Officer Brenton was killed and Sweeney was grazed in the neck.

On Friday, police detectives were pursuing a tip from a resident who said that a car at an apartment complex in suburban Tukwilla matched the description of a car seen nearby when Brenton was killed.

Officers examined the car, which was covered with a tarp, and when they walked to speak to other law enforcement conducting surveillance, Christopher Monfort (seen above) approached the three detectives.  Detectives started asking Monfort questions when he pulled a gun and tried to shoot.  Monfort was shot by the detectives.

In Monfort’s apartment investigators found rifles and improvised explosive devices which they disarmed before removing them.

Monfort graduated from the U.W. in March of 2008 with a degree in Law, Societies and Justice.  He was seeking a job in law enforcement, and listed as one of his accomplishments an internship with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Seattle police have had no problem in clearly identifying Monfort as a “lone domestic terrorist,”  which the media repeat, attributing the phrase to the police department.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS:

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Mark Steyn comments this morning in the Corner at NRO:

Nidal Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers and the shooting of 38 more at Fort Hood in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijah mosque in Great Falls ,Virginia in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists. …

[Hasan’s] fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan’s “anti-American propaganda,” but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal written complaint.

…The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) established the Presidential Transition Task Force, comprised of national and homeland security experts, policymakers and practitioners…The goal was to determine the top strategic priorities to advance the nation’s security in the coming decade…

Among the event participants was Nidal Hasan, representing the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, who just last week shouted “Allahu Akbar” just before gunning down 51 of his fellow members of the military on their own base.

The nothing-to-see-here media continues to carefully avoid any mention of the word “terrorist” or “Islamist” and instead blathers on about pre-post-traumatic stress disorder apparently acquired by contact with someone who has served in combat. The New York Times went for this theme while explaining how mortified he was at having to deploy.  CNN explained that “Treating trauma victims may cause it own trauma.”  J.R. Salzman who is a little more familiar with PTSD than veterans of newsroom desks, is not amused.

There are many Muslims serving proudly in the United States Military, accepted completely by their fellow troops.  Silly gyrations by the media to search for some fantasized root cause that will explain why Major Hasan became a Islamist domestic terrorist accomplish nothing except to fan the contempt the public holds for practitioners of political correctness.



Hardly “My Pet Goat”, but Revealing, Nevertheless. by The Elephant's Child
November 8, 2009, 5:11 pm
Filed under: Military, News, Terrorism | Tags: ,

It is being described at President Obama’s “My Pet Goat Incident.”  The reference, of course, is to the morning of 9/11 when President George W. Bush was reading a storybook to a group of primary schoolchildren.

An aide came in to inform the president of the first strike on the twin towers, and then of the second strike.  The President blanched noticeably, but continued to finish the story rather that terrify a room full of little children.

Democrats tried to portray his reaction, which was courageous leadership, as somehow incorrect — as if a few minutes could make all the difference.  Heck with the little kids, leap up and run out of the room?  Please.  It takes character to do the right thing in spite of your immediate instincts.

President Obama was informed about the terrorist massacre at Fort Hood two hours earlier.  He chose to do all the lighthearted introductory thanks and “shout-outs,” before he even mentioned the Fort Hood attack in a startling and very odd quick and seemingly insincere flip in demeanor.

President Obama ordered flags flown at half-mast, gave a couple more speeches, put the pressure on wavering Democrats for the health care bill, announced that he would attend the memorial service next week for the victims at Fort Hood, and departed for the weekend at Camp David.

President George W. Bush and Laura quietly went to the hospital where the wounded were being treated to offer their condolences, concern and encouragement.  No press, no photo-op.  Governor Perry also dropped by.



Cool Website of the Day! by The Elephant's Child
November 8, 2009, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Economy, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Prowl around enough on the internet and you find all sorts of useful websites. Here is the National Debt Clock, but it is far more than that:  Call it

“The Control Panel for the Ship of State.”

We live in perilous times, and we need citizen activists who are willing to get informed and make themselves heard.

If you want to speak to your representatives in Congress, you need  facts with which to confront congressmen who are often poorly informed, and do not read the bills on which they vote.

Besides, it’s kind of fun.  Just don’t go there when you’re worried and can not sleep.



Committing National Suicide, Step by Step. by The Elephant's Child

The House passed the bloated, liberty-destroying, job-killing, tax-hiking, deficit-exploding health care bill late Saturday night.  The Democrats are so excited.  They’ve wanted to nationalize health care just forever, and to hell with the majority of Americans who do not want any part of it.

PelosiCare would not go fully into force until 2014, but the bill has to be passed — quickly, without debate or allowing the public to see what is in the bill — because the more Americans awake and find out what it will do, the more they oppose it.

It is hard impossible to understand why they want single-payer, government-run health care so much.  The hard-left passeth all understanding.  They utter condescending bromides about “the people,” but their actions consistently deny their words.

John Dingell (D-MI) has been pushing government-run health care for years. He is so delighted.  “It provides coverage for 96 percent of Americans and affords everyone the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to affordable healthcare when they need it.” What a load of road apples.

For example, the bill moves Medicare patients from a fee for service payment system, in which patients choose which doctors to see, towards what is called a “medical home.” That is the hugely unpopular old HMO restrictions on care — renamed.  The bill specifies that patients may have to settle for a nurse practitioner rather than a physician as the primary-care-provider.  Sec. 1302 (pp.672-692).

This is just a sample of some of the stupidity in the bill, as documented by Betsy McCaughey in the Wall Street Journal.  That’s a must-read article if you care about your own future.

The newest Congressional Budget Office calculation of the costs of PelosiCare comes in at $3 trillion over ten years.  The bill is so filled with poorly thought out mandates and the potential for unintended consequences that it will undoubtedly cost far, far more.  Medicare costs nine times as much as original estimates of cost.

The gyrations that Democrats go through in trying to maintain their fantasies would be amusing if it weren’t so serious and so damaging to our freedom.

 




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