American Elephants

The Make-a-Wish Foundation Turns Erik Martin into a Superhero! by The Elephant's Child

Here is the story of a local Superhero.  The Make a Wish Foundation made a little magic for 13- year-old Erik Martin, when it turned him into Electron Boy for a day, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.

Here is a gallery of pictures of Erik rescuing terrified people from the clutches of  Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.  It’s a lovely heartwarming story.

Taking Terrorist Attacks Seriously, Even Bungled Ones. by The Elephant's Child

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated that there were only 53 hours and 20 minutes elapsed time for a round-the-clock probe, that began with a vendor noticing smoke coming from a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder SUV in Times Square, to the moment when Faisal Shahzad was pulled off a Dubai-bound airline shortly before midnight at JFK International Airport.  That is cool competence.

Arrests were made in Pakistan, but connections to Shahzad or the plot are not clear.  Mr. Shahzad is a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen.  Law-enforcement agents appear to have been successful in extracting intelligence from Shahzad before reading him his Miranda rights, but it is way too early to jump to conclusions.

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal noted:

The unnamed official was wise not to jump to conclusions. It’s a remarkable contrast with President Obama’s aggressive approach to his domestic political opponents, who he suggested over the weekend may incite “extreme elements” to violence, as we noted yesterday.

New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent elected on the Republican line, actually engaged in some Obamaesque speculation about the attempted bombing, reports. Asked by CBS’s Katie Couric if the attack was “a home-grown,” the mayor replied: “Home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.”

Hey, you never know! It could be that Shahzad and his suspected co-conspirators were enraged over ObamaCare. And if President Obama has lost the Pakistani Taliban, he’s lost Middle America.

Liberals have long been uncomfortable with “terrorism.”  They have always looked for “root causes,” unfortunate childhood, or poverty or derangement.  They prefer to claim that Bush went off and invaded Iraq for no reason, particularly when he should have been hunting down Osama bin Laden in his cave in Afghanistan.

That’s their story and they are trying valiantly — in spite of any inconvenient facts — to stick to it.  We are having not only a Nigerian terrorist attempting to blow up a plane-load of people over Detroit, but a home-grown terrorist gunning down 31 people at Fort Hood and now a failed car bomb right in Times Square — some 31 attacks since 9/11,  most on Obama’s watch.

Liberals have amended the language, ranging from the silly — man-caused disasters — to the merely awkward  — like removing the term “Islamic radicalism” from national security documents.  They wish to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations “through the lens of terrorism.”  They mean well, by their lights, but Islamic radicals aren’t impressed, and are far more interested in killing us than in sitting down for a comfortable chat about our differences and commonalities.

In the meantime, although the car-bomb attempt was bungled, and the underwear bomber was inept, we cannot count on their always bungling.  The Obama team insist that they take terrorism seriously, but suggesting that a smoking car bomb is probably caused by violent Tea Party people because they don’t like the health-care bill is simply delusional, and dangerous.

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