American Elephants

A Scientific Experiment On Static Electricity: by The Elephant's Child

Mark Levin Explains “The Liberty Amendments.” by The Elephant's Child

Sound interesting? Here is Mark Levin”s book, and here is one of  many editions of The Federalist Papers.

The CDC Did a Major Study on The Cause and Prevention of Gun Violence: by The Elephant's Child

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other initiatives. He does these things and appoints commissions and orders studies and then pays no attention to them whatsoever. They turn into busy-work for the bureaucracy.

That study was contracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council was completed in June. It contained some surprises for the president if he even sees their work.

President Obama announced at the beginning of the year that he would push three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity magazines” — under the assumption that this would prevent future mass shootings, and probably under the assumption that the CDC study would provide him with the evidence that these additional measures were justified to reduce “gun violence.”

Unfortunately the study refuted nearly all the anti-gun litany:

— Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.

— Accidental deaths from firearms have continued to fall. “The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.

— The key finding that the President wanted— that more laws would result in less crime — was missing. The study noted that most criminals obtained their guns in the underground economy well outside any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.

— Mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, CT., have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”

— The study reported U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than any other industrialized country. But comparing gun violence rates to a map showed that if one were to exclude numbers from Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington DC, the homicide rate would be in line with any other country. These area are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

Back in 2003, the CDC issued a report that said that evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws:

  • Bans on specified firearms or ammunition.
  • Restrictions on firearm acquisition.
  • Waiting periods for firearm acquisition.
  • Firearm registration and licensing of owners.
  • Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.

You undoubtedly heard the president’s acknowledgment of the findings of the CDC study, and how it did not support the legislation he was seeking. No? Well, you surely read about the study’s startling conclusions in your daily paper. No?  The Washington Post was the only establishment media to even mention it , and it criticized the study for not answering questions that it was not asked to answer.  So there you go.

A Short Course In The Destruction of the American Middle Class: by The Elephant's Child

Barack Obama Takes Campaign Bus Tour Through Pennsylvania

Back on July 30, Obama made a big speech about the middle class. Let me insert here that I have always believed in America as a classless society, but there are surely a lot of other people who are quite determined for us to have “classes.” That’s what Democrats do.

They talk a lot about classes. It’s OK if you are in the “middle class”, that is to be admired, but “the rich” are to be hated as a class, unless you are looking for campaign donations, people’s houses to rent for a vacation, celebrities to hang out with, or talking about those who donate to the other party. “The poor” are to be given stuff, entitlements, benefits, programs, everything but opportunity — which comes in the shape of things like approving the Keystone XL pipeline and its 20,000 jobs.  But I digress.

The president said “what we need to do as a country is to secure a better bargain for the middle class — a national strategy to make sure that every single person who’s willing to work hard in this country has a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

Then he went into his usual line about fighting our way back from the worst recession since the Great Depression that cost millions of Americans their jobs. Sorry, the recession ended in June of 2009. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs on your watch, Mr. President, specifically because of your policies.

Anyone who insists that ObamaCare employer penalties are not having a major impact on work hours simply hasn’t been looking at the evidence. One hundred fourteen million workers are working 34.4 hours a week on average. But some industries have seen an unprecedented drop in work hours since ObamaCare became law: retail bakeries – 27.4 hours; services for elderly and disabled – 27.6 hours; home centers – 30.5 hours; general merchandise stores – 29.8 hours. A lot of folks have seen their hours (and income) cut in half.

Obama and his speechwriters put a pretty face on his speeches. Of course that’s what politicians do, because they want to be admired. But pretty words and well-turned phrases can do a fine job of concealing reality, and the reality is not pretty. The middle class in America is on a collision course with extinction. Here are a few important facts:

  • 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck
  • 27% of American have no savings at all
  • 46% of Americans have less than $800 in savings
  • The conversion of America into a part-time working society and the country’s second largest employer – a temp agency.
  • The college trap and the student loan bubble
  • And of course, foodstamps, foodstamps, foodstamps and the nearly 50 million poverty-level Americans who need them to survive

Here’s a brief 7 minute refresher course. Seven minutes doesn’t begin to cover the decline of the middle class, the failure of an administration that doesn’t know what it’s doing, and the wrongheaded policies that are directing that failure.

Somebody please let this cat in already! by The Elephant's Child

I’ve had a lot of cats over the years, but never one this interesting!

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