American Elephants

President Obama Sends 1,200 National Guard troops to Border, but They Are Not to Enforce Immigration Laws. by The Elephant's Child

— President George W. Bush  sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border as a temporary measure, while the numbers of the border patrol were being built up.  His administration significantly increased the number of border patrol agents by 20,000, and then removed the troops.

— Janet Napolitano, former Arizona Governor and now Secretary of Homeland Security, says the Southern Border is secure. But that’s what she claimed when she was Governor too.

— A team of Justice Department attorneys has written a recommendation challenging the Arizona immigration  law.  The draft claims Arizona exceeded its authority, or there might be abuses based on race, but no formal recommendation has been sent to the White House.  If the administration eventually does sponsor a challenge to the Arizona law, the president’s move to send 1,200 National Guardsmen to the Arizona border does begin to look like a bit of political theater.

— The Mexican embassy released a statement on the Guard deployment: “Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.

— The administration has clarified the role of the 1,200 National Guard troops it is sending to the Arizona border.  They will not be enforcing immigration laws.  “US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.”

— State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said “We have explained the president’s announcement to the government of Mexico, and they fully understand the rationale behind it.” … “The extra troops would be used to free up civilians engaged in support functions so that law enforcement personnel can be increased along the 2,999 mile-long border.”

Let’s see, we have immigration laws, but Mexico doesn’t like them, so we won’t enforce them.  Russia doesn’t like the anti-missile defense against Iran that we arranged to deploy in Eastern Europe, so we canceled that.  Russia said it would agree to some mild sanctions on Iran, but they didn’t like the restrictions on their sales of missiles and weapons to Iran, so we said go ahead and sell them.  South Korea is incensed at North Korea’s torpedoing their ship and killing over 40 South Korean personnel, but we’re not willing to throw our weight around.

Do you think that there is a pattern here?


Governor Christie’s Town Hall. Difficult Questions? No Problem! by The Elephant's Child

Governor Christie is showing the way to getting control of the New Jersey budget.  He’s not firing people, not closing needed programs.

(I don’t know about your state, but in mine — the first thing they claim is necessary is to close state parks — especially the most popular ones).  They don’t freeze salaries, they don’t let go the obscene number of people they hired, they shut down those things that will most disturb the taxpayers, with the claim that if we just raise taxes, then we wouldn’t have to inflict these troubles on you.  Got a popular program for the kids — cancel that and show those voters just who is in charge!

That is possibly why I am so impressed with Governor Christie.  The people of New Jersey should appreciate what they have.

The Doctor Who Linked Autism to Vaccine Has Been Banned in Britain. by The Elephant's Child

The doctor whose flawed study which purported to link the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism, has been banned from the practice of medicine in Great Britain.

AP medical writer Maria Cheng talks about the implications of Andrew Wakefield’s claims.  She notes that as a result of Wakefield’s study, ” legions of parents abandoned the vaccine, leading to a resurgence of measles in Western countries where it had been mostly stamped out.”

Parents, fearful for their children, took these steps without realizing that Wakefield’s study was flawed and his conclusion wrong.  Wakefield’s “central claim — that there could be a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine — has largely been discredited,”  reported Jeannie Whalen in the Wall Street Journal.  Outbreaks continue in Europe every year, and there are sporadic outbreaks in the U.S.

Celebrities lent their names to his cause, and many in the media devoted far more coverage to Wakefield’s paper and shoddy scholarship than to numerous peer-reviewed studies that showed no relationship. The media, always ready to print stories about new studies, often neglects to find out if the study is reliable.

Tevi Troy points out U.S. vulnerability in our efforts to fight bioterror.  Vaccines are a key component in our efforts to protect against weaponized agents such as anthrax and smallpox.  Effective vaccines and citizens willing to take those vaccines are essential in our ability to combat such threats.

Here’s What They Are Doing at the Deepwater Horizon Spill Site: by The Elephant's Child
May 26, 2010, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Politics

If you are trying to follow the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil rig disaster  and the efforts of BP to stop the leak and cap the well;  here is a diagram that explains how the maneuver works.  I do love a nice clear diagram.

In all the blame game,  we really need to pause and give a little credit to the engineers and  oil-spill specialists who are devising their best solutions to the problem and then subsequent solutions if that one doesn’t work.  Remember, this is a mile down, in uncharted territory where humans cannot go.

Governor Chris Christie Explains His Style. by The Elephant's Child

After Governor Christie finishes cleaning up New Jersey, perhaps he can take on out federal government. Like New Jersey, we don’t have a problem with too little taxation, we have an immense problem with way too much spending.

Governor Christie’s candor, his straight talk, his bluntness and his sense of humor are entrancing people across the country. Which only demonstrates how rare such qualities are in the public arena. The contrast with another state in financial trouble on the left coast is immense. California is broke, and simply cannot stop throwing money away on one green scheme after another.

I am entranced. Watching this story as it unfolds may explain America to Americans in a way that they have not seen before.

Obama Starts Democrat GOTV Efforts by American Elephant
May 26, 2010, 6:21 am
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Obama announced yesterday plans to jump-start the Democrats’ 2012 Get-Out-the-Vote efforts — or as other news outlets put it — he’s sending 1,200 Guardsmen to the Mexican border to “improve border security.”

The problem is that most Americans’ idea of “improved border security” and the SEIU/ACORN Community Organizer in Chief’s idea of “improved border security” are two very different things. When Obama says he wants to improve border security, it means he’s sending the Guard to the border to run interference for “undocumented Democrat voters” and prevent racist Arizonans from disenfranchising them.

“Plug the Damn Hole!…I’m Going on Vacation!(Again)” by American Elephant
May 26, 2010, 5:54 am
Filed under: Military, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

Apparently all the parties, golfing and vacations are tuckering poor Obama out…or perhaps the people running the administration are just tired of him getting underfoot, because this is the second time they’ve sent him away on vacation since his disastrous delay in responding to what is now, because of that delay, the biggest oil spill in American history.

But give him a break! Destroying health care, the auto industry, the housing sector, the economy, banking, international relations, individual liberty, the rule of law, your life savings and the environment is hard work!

Besides, it’s not like he didn’t leave the country with a clear, decisive plan of action in his absence — “Plug the damn hole!” he explained.

And people said he wasn’t qualified!

But before you worry that Obama is neglecting important duties to steal away another vacation in time of crisis, rest easy. While it’s true the Commander in Chief didn’t feel he could spare the time from his vital vacation obligations to honor our war dead at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington — he WILL, thankfully, make it back just in time to honor Paul McCartney at the White House and was able to squeeze in yet another fund-raiser for Barbara Boxer.

Nice to see he still has his priorities straight.

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