American Elephants

Remembering. Memorial Day, 2010. by The Elephant's Child
May 30, 2010, 9:28 pm
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There is a story my mother told to me, and her grandfather told to her.  When he was small — about my mother’s age at the time — he was sitting at his grandmother’s knee.  She told him the story of the time when she was small, and about his age, in Connecticut.  It was a beautiful spring day,  her father was plowing, and she was walking in the furrow behind him, smelling the sweet earth as the plow turned the soil.

They heard the sound of a horse galloping up the lane, and a man shouting.  Her father dropped the reins of his horse and ran for the house. Catherine gathered up her skirts and ran after him.  She met him at the door, his musket in hand.  He gathered her up and kissed her goodbye and ran for his horse.  He was a Captain of Minute Men.  The British were raiding.  She never saw her father again.  They brought his body  home after the battle.

Men have been dying for freedom and home, their comrades, and friends and family for a very long time.  Today we remember them all, from all the wars, with sorrow and gratitude.

(video via Blackfive)

Uncommon Knowledge’s Guest is John Podhoretz. by The Elephant's Child

This past week’s guest on Uncommon Knowledge has been John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine.  Mr. Podhoretz begins with a defense of political combat — the necessity for public debate — proceeds to the danger of the pursuit of normalcy, a lesser global role for the United States, to the deteriorating U.S. Israel relationship.

He goes on to address the Iran question, and the very real threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, and in that context why Obama was able to secure the Jewish vote — and why he may not be able to keep it.

If you have not watched the Uncommon Knowledge videos before, each is roughly 7 minutes long, or one a day for a week.  The host is Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, who is a wonderful and provocative interviewer who leads a conversation that provides uncommon knowledge indeed.

Previous interviewees are Fouad Ajami, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson and John Arquilla on the U.S. military and contemporary global challenges, and many more, all available at the NRO website.  They are well worth your time.

Why Are We Drilling in 5,000 Feet of Water In the First Place? by The Elephant's Child

A bit of history — June 27, 2009, The White House — President Barack Obama said:

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation that will open the door to a clean energy economy and a better future for America.

For more than three decades, we have talked about our dependence on foreign oil.  And for more than three decades we have seen that dependence grow.  We have seen our reliance on fossil fuels jeopardize our national security.  We have seen it pollute the air we breathe and endanger our planet.  And most of all, we have seen other counties realize a critical truth: the nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.

The only true part of that entire statement is that the House passed a piece of legislation.  Even the “historic” word is false.

Our “foreign” oil mostly comes from Canada and Mexico.  Our reliance on fossil fuels has not “jeopardized” our national security. Every airplane, tank, Humvee and truck  runs on fossil fuel, every piece of equipment is lubricated with fossil fuel and there is, for the foreseeable future, no alternative.  Our national security has been jeopardized by the environmental movement who attempt to block every attempt to increase our domestic supplies of energy.

Since June of 2009, we have had ClimateGate, and the exposure of the fraudulent nature of the global warming scheme.  Spain has exposed the false dream of green energy and green jobs.  Denmark has exposed the high cost of any dependence on wind energy.  And even the IPCC is giving up on global warming and shifting their emphasis to biological diversity — the next enthusiasm.

Our air is largely clean.  The planet is not endangered, and the alarmist global warming theme has been debunked by the fraudulent actions of the warmists themselves. There is no prospect for a so-called “clean energy economy.” Wind and solar, inefficient as they are, produce only electricity, and cannot replace even one Deepwater Horizon well.

Wind power is a bunko scheme.  Without huge subsidies the wind industry does not exist.  Each wind turbine must be backed 24/7 with conventional energy, because the wind blows only very intermittently, seldom at the right speed, and usually not when it is needed.   As far as solar is concerned, the sun sinks slowly in the west, and it gets dark at night.

Electric cars have a long history.  They are clean and quiet — too quiet — for the government has demanded that manufacturers add noise to warn pedestrians of their approach.  The problems are the same as they were in the early 1900s. A battery charge won’t take you far enough.  Batteries are too expensive.  There are no charging stations, and it takes too long to charge a battery.  I have seen figures of 7 hours, but I don’t know if that is accurate.

There may be a clean energy economy in the future, but there is not in the present.  Shutting down drilling, trying to tear down hydropower dams and refusing permitting for nuclear plants does jeopardize our national security, and endanger our planet.  And in the midst of a recession, with unemployment at high levels, you probably don’t want to waste taxpayer money on schemes that experience teaches are wasteful drains on an economy.

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