American Elephants

Bah, Humbug! by American Elephant
January 26, 2010, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: ,

Alas, what goes up, must finally come down. Seeing as it’s now closer to Valentine’s Day than it is Christmas, I figured it was time to take down the blog’s Christmas decorations. (Not that I need to announce it, but where else am I going to use this awesome, adorable elephant enjoying his after-Christmas treat?)

Astroturfing For Obama! Exposed! by The Elephant's Child
January 26, 2010, 2:02 am
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Politics | Tags: , ,

This is the “Letter to the Editor” from Ellie Light:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

It appeared at Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News, the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. Also small town papers like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript and the Danbury News-Times, and more. Speedy-traveller Ms. Light claimed to be a resident in each area.

This letter to the editor that has appeared all over the country comes from Jan Chen, Gloria Elle, Mark Spivey and yes–Ellie Light, and many more.

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that drop you after you make a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

Patterico of Patterico’s Pontifications is following the trail, and readers are submitting the names on the same letters in their local papers.  All pretend to be locals.

Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi who claimed that the Tea Parties and the AngryVoters at Town Halls were simply “Astroturfing” — just a bunch of people paid for by “Rich Republicans” to protest to keep “tax-cuts for the Rich in place?’

I guess that’s like the union members who got $60 each for holding signs for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, who said they were there because they needed the money, but they were voting for Scott Brown.  Nancy Pelosi’s sheer gall never ceases to astound.

Perpetuum Jazzile: Slovenia Sings! by The Elephant's Child
January 26, 2010, 12:55 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Music, Politics, YouTube | Tags: ,

Slovenian a capella jazz choir Perpetuum Jazzile is back with some new recordings from their annual Vokal Xtravaganzza concert.

This is a unique combination of Slovenian composer Iacobus Gallus Carniolus’ renaissance masterpiece “Ecce qomodo moritur” with the Michael Jackson hit from the early 90s, “Will You Be There.” Enjoy!

We really like their music, I hope you do too.

Some Welcome News from General David Petraeus. by The Elephant's Child
January 26, 2010, 12:42 am
Filed under: Freedom, Military, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Nearly all of the U.S. Combat troops slated to deploy to Afghanistan to take part in the military buildup there should arrive by the end of August, General David Petraeus said. Everybody engaged in this deployment is making an effort to get there as rapidly as possible.

Army General Stanley McChrystal is leading the counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan. His strategy includes the securing of the Afghan people against insurgent violence and reprisals and improving citizens’ quality of life through reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

Afghanistan is experiencing a building boom as part of efforts to support incoming troops, Petraeus said. There is a huge amount of construction to develop additional airfields, additional ramp space, additional forward operating bases and combat outposts.

Pakistan, Gen. Petraeus says, has committed to the right side, and deserves the unwavering support of the U.S. in its battle against Islamist groups.  He noted a “true change” in Pakistani public opinion last summer, saying that political leaders and even clerics began to recognise the Pakistani Taliban as a threat to the country, when the Taliban challenged the government’s writ in the Swat valley.

“So this became Pakistan’s war on terror, not Pakistanis fighting America’s war on terror.  That is an enormous shift in thinking.”

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