American Elephants

President Obama Will Not Rest! by The Elephant's Child

The Mark Levin show put together this compilation of Obama statements:

APRIL 9, 2009 – “And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness”

MAY 11, 2009 – “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America”

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 – “We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs”

NOVEMBER 23, 2009 – “I will not rest until business are investing again, and businesses are hiring again”

JANUARY 28, 2010 – “We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future”

MARCH 5 2010 – “I’m not gonna rest & my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job”

MAY 26, 2010 – “We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the clean up is complete”

JULY 8, 2010 – “My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job”

That’s the whole problem!  Our president is not getting enough sleep.

So What’s Wrong With Enforcing the Law? by The Elephant's Child

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Arizona immigration law from taking effect. The Arizona law mirrors Federal immigration law.  The big difference is that Arizona wants to enforce the law, and the Attorney General does not, even though he took an oath to do so.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder want to claim that only the feds have jurisdiction, and there is a preemption issue, even though the Arizona law has not yet taken effect.  But, it seems that Rhode Island has long been carrying out the procedures at issue in the Arizona statute.  Rhode Island state police check immigration status at traffic stops whenever there is reasonable suspicion, and they report all illegals to the feds for deportation.

Critics have claimed all the usual profiling arguments, and the assertion that such procedures hamstring police because they might make immigrants afraid to cooperate.  But it turns out that it is the Rhode Island police who insist on enforcing the law.  So why hasn’t Holder sued Rhode Island?

But the Supreme Court has already held, in Muehler v. Mena that police do not need any reason to ask a person about his immigration status — not probable cause, not reasonable suspicion.  The U.S. Court of  Appeals upheld the Rhode Island procedures.  So Holder is suing a sovereign state for enacting a statute in support of immigration enforcement practices that have already been upheld by the nation’s highest courts.

Michael Graham notes ion the Boston Herald that “knowledgeable local cops will actually prove that the law is enforceable, blowing his boss’s cover.”

Remember President Barack Obama’s claim last week that our borders are “just too vast” for us to secure them through enforcement, with fences and border patrols? The border’s too big.  The hole in the Gulf is too deep.  The recession is too stubborn.  Maybe we should find the president a smaller, easier-to-manage country to govern.  You know — send him to the minors for a few years.

A new study by the Federation for Immigration Reform concludes that illegal immigrations cost us $113 billion a year.

The 2010 Election is Important — Dennis Prager Tells Why. by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a stirring and important speech from Dennis Prager, on the 2010 election.  Worth your time.

(h/t: Neo-Neocon)

U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects Obama’s Request. by The Elephant's Child

A United States Appeals Court today rejected the Obama Administration’s request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The decision is expected to prompt the Interior Department to quickly issue a revised moratorium order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet to address concerns raised by the federal courts.

Stung by public criticism over its response to the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the Obama administration imposed a blanket moratorium, and argued that its reinstatement was necessary to investigate the cause of the BP well blowout, and to insure that other rigs were operating safely.

Drilling companies pressed to have the moratorium lifted, saying it was too broad and was causing severe economic harm.

At Day 79, the administration is still balking at many actions that they could take to alleviate the oil spill.  They apparently think that demanding lengthy safety inspections from operating rigs will defray public criticism of their incompetent response to the spill.  Putting thousands more out of work is not a big deal, and the fact that some rigs are departing the Gulf for areas where they are not under the jurisdiction of the Obama administration isn’t a big deal either. The oil has reached Lake Pontchartrain.

Oddly enough, most other countries are anxious to find more oil.  The Europeans are dumping their investments in “clean energy” like hot potatoes (Except the UK).

Why Newspapers Are Failing — Continuing Evidence by The Elephant's Child

The news that the Obama administration is redefining the mission of NASA from an interest in, um, space — to Muslim outreach —would seem to be news, wouldn’t it?  Byron York notes in the Washington Examiner that:

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

I understand that not everyone is a news junkie, but it would seem to me that this dubious redefinition of the space agency’s mission to feature outreach to Muslim countries to make them feel better about their ancient contributions to science and mathematics might rate more space in the news pages, or before the camera, than Lindsay Lohan’s being sent to jail.  Is Lindsay Lohan famous for something besides being drunk and in trouble with the law?

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line is a little indignant as well:

A lot of people out there haven’t heard of “American exceptionalism,” or, if they have, aren’t too sure of what it means. But they have a good intuition for it: It is, among other things, but quite importantly, the excitement and pride they felt when America did something the human race had wanted to do since it looked up at the night sky. Space exploration took on added luster for our generation because it was so in keeping with the natural optimism, bravado and energy of our youth.

Under Obama, NASA has ended plans to go back to the moon, or go to Mars (something also underreported). Budgets are tight, you know. Time to hunker down and lower our sights. But we can do Muslim outreach.

This is a window on the kind of thinking Obama does. Were it widely known, it would be devastating: We will put away what has made the country a beacon, and act like the small, repentant ex-bully Obama takes us to be. Thus the rockets get mothballed as The Great Satan starts to make amends by printing comic books celebrating Arab contributions to trigonometry 4000 years ago, or whatever it was.

The Oil Spill is Getting Worse, Not Better! by The Elephant's Child

Simple math.  An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil erupt from the ocean floor each day.  On Monday, it was reported that 24,980 barrels were collected on-site, and a comparative tiny amount by skimming.  The spill is gaining on us every day, though that would seem to be unnecessary.

The skimming vessels are mostly a large number of hired shrimp boats, and only a small handful of dedicated Oil Spill Response Vessels (OSRVs) — that are equipped and suitable for the job.  The few OSRVs top out at around 4,000 barrels — but most of what they collect is water so it actually tops out around 4oo barrels a day.

Our government’s rejection of Europe’s offers is completely wrongheaded.  The ships Europe offered are far bigger than ours.  Norway’s Skril Herkule — 9,000 barrels a day capacity, Netherlands’ Hein — 22,000 barrels a day, Netherlands’ Geopotes 14 — 47.000 barrels a day.  All proven technology, but were kept away.  The A Whale is still being tested — 50,000 barrels claimed.

The Heritage Foundation has published a to-do checklist for President Obama:

  • Waive the Jones Act.
  • Accept more international assistance.
  • Waive or suspend EPA regulation.
  • Allow sand berm dredging.
  • Stop Coast Guard budget cuts.

Another item was to lift the moratorium on drilling, but the judge did. The administration has filed suit to reinstall it.

Keep this in mind the next time someone from the government offers promises.

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