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Not “a Student of History,” Not By A long Shot! by The Elephant's Child

Reporting from Manila, Major Garrett said that  Obama is growing frustrated with recent editorial criticism portraying his foreign policy as weak and naive.

We seem to have gotten in the habit of thinking that when there are hard foreign policy problems that there may actually be a definitive answer; typically, those who offer that definitive answer come up with the use of force as the definitive answer,” Obama said. “You would think, given that we’ve just gone through a decade of war, that that assumption would be subject to some questioning.”

Obama then said as a student of history and as commander-in-chief he understood the limits of military power. “Very rarely have I seen the exercise of military power providing a definitive answer.” Obama may believe himself to be a “student of history” but it’s clear that he skipped class a lot.

“If there are occasions where targeted, clear actions can be taken that would make a difference, then we should take them,” Obama said here during a press conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. “We don’t do them because somebody sitting in an office in Washington or New York think it would look strong. That’s not how we make foreign policy. It may not always be sexy. But it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run.”

He must have missed the day when Teddy Roosevelt’s phrase “Speak softly and carry a big stick” was discussed. It’s fairly simple. If your adversaries believe you to be strong, and capable of doing real damage to them, they will be more apt to avoid annoying you.

President Obama turns it upside down, and informs our adversaries right off that we have no intention of doing anything in any way violent ever, and then asks them to pretty please do something they have no intention of doing. Where did he get the idea that would work?

The Washington Post, certainly not a “neo-con” paper editorialized:

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power.

“power in world politics is perceived power, and perceived power is a vector that results from perceived military capability, and perceived political will.”
…………………………………………………………………………Michael Lind

First May Day March in Moscow Since the Soviet Union Fell by The Elephant's Child




Seems like I wrote too soon. These are scenes from today’s May Day March in Moscow, the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union. The Communist Party is still around, and at least one person still honors Joseph Stalin.

Vladimir Putin is good at propaganda, and he has roused the Russian people with national pride. They consider the Ukraine as a Russian province. We may have “won” the Cold War, but it was a humiliation for Russia. Putin wants to restore Russian pride and Russian power. Has the president given any indication that he understands that?

We are having a May Day march in Seattle, which seems to be about illegal immigrants who don’t want to be deported. Except there are also the usual bunch of anarchists who are angry about everything in particular and hope to be able to smash some windows to show how angry they are. And there is a bunch of native Americans in strange colored headdresses. Some stores are boarded-up as a precaution. Lots of police on bicycles and horses.The radio says “for Workers and Immigrants Rights.” The word “illegal” is not any more allowed than “recovery” or “jihad.”

The EPA Cannot Provide the Science That Justifies Their Claims. by The Elephant's Child

McCarthy testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on her nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA has a science problem. Earlier this month, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy revealed to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the agency does not possess, nor can produce all of the scientific data used to justify the rules and regulations they have imposed on Americans using the authority of the Clean Air Act. Science has been trumped by the radical environmentalist agenda.

The full Committee issued a subpoena last August. It was prompted by two years of EPA stonewalling, apparently aimed at preventing the raw data cited by EPA as the scientific basis for those rules and regulations from being independently verified. Two studies: a 1993 Harvard Six Cities Study (HSC) and the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 1995 Cancer Prevention Study II, had claimed that fine airborne particles measuring 2.5 micrograms or less were responsible for killing thousands of Americans every year.

This was the baseline science behind the EPA’s regulation of particulate emissions from power plants, factories and cars. Airborne particles of that size are approximately 1/30th the diameter of a human hair.

Last November, Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced the Secret Science Reform Act aimed at barring the agency from proposing new regulations based on science that was neither transparent nor reproducible. “For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions.” Smith added “It appears the EPA bends the law and stretches the science to justify it own objectives. The EPA must either make the data public, or commit to no longer using secret science to support its regulations.”

There have long been suspicions about EPA’s claims of just how many were going to die from this particulate or that one in very specific numbers. There are more recent studies that refute the data on which the EPA relies. John Hopkins-trained biostatistician Steve Milloy revealed the fraud the EPA has been getting away with for decades. “Airborne Fine Particulate Matter and Short Term Mortality” looked at virtually the entire state of California from 2007 to 2012. His data did not show that PM2.5 is killing people. There was a negative correlation in Los Angeles, where the air quality is some of the worst in the country.  His data did not show such a relationship. Another study from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences found the importance of PM2.5 particulate  matter does not support the claims made by the EPA.

When the EPA wants to pass a new regulation, they feel confident in enumerating just how many will die from each kind of fine particulates in coming years. We can’t predict the future, so such claims are false at the start. Add on claims of a significant number of children dying, and who could deny the EPA the chance to fix things. Unfortunately it is the usual political ploy.

With their science in question, the EPA is having trouble coming up with regulations designed to kill coal-fired power plants (Obama said he would bankrupt them) that would survive legal challenge. There is news that the EPA, on its own authority, is considering allowing states to impose a carbon tax! So now a government bureaucracy can impose taxes on its own, without a vote of Congress or state legislatures?

The agency is full of environmental zealots, green cranks and enviro-radicals. They have been running roughshod over the American energy industry and making it up as they go along. Calling them to task is long overdue.

Massive Voter Fraud: 44,000 Just In Virginia. by The Elephant's Child


There is a pattern of duplicate registrations found nationwide that demonstrates that voter fraud is both massive and systemic. The Obama administration claims that there is no problem and demands for photo ID cards are racist.

The following is condensed from an article from Investors:”Voting Dead: 44,000 Registered in Both Virginia:

Al Sharpton was the keynote speaker at a rally last month to kick off a campaign for a state constitutional amendment — an Ohio Voters’ Bill of Rights amendment opposing the use of voter ID in this bellwether state. At the rally, Sharpton gave one Melowese Richardson a hug, while the audience cheered. She was the Hamilton County Ohio poll worker who was convicted of casting five (5) votes for President Obama.

The media? This was just a local aberration, nothing to see here, not evidence of widespread voter fraud and certainly not a justification for voting-integrity measures such as the racist requirement for a photo ID when registering and voting. There really isn’t any voter fraud. Exaggeration.

The most recent evidence  comes from the Virginia Voter Alliance,which cross-checked voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland, and last week announced that they had turned up 44,000 people registered to vote in both states at the same time. It is not known how many Virginia voters are also registered in states other than Maryland.

The Virginia Voter Alliance worked with the Privileges and Elections committees of the Virginia state House and Senate and identified 31,000 dead voters via the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File. Subsequent processing by the State Board of Elections found 40,000 to 60,000 dead-voter registrations.

Dead-voter registrations are prime targets for voter fraud. They generate few complaints, because it is not easily tracked down. People move from state to state, voters die, but voting records are not often updated in a timely fashion to reflect those facts. This leaves an abundance of seemingly valid voter registrations that can be used to skew the results of close elections. It is only recently that rolls have been cross-checked between states.

According to Fox News, a law passed last year by the legislature in North Carolina required election staff to check information for more than 6.5 million voter against a database containing information for 101 million voters in 28 other states. That cross-checking found listings for 35,570 North Carolina voters whose first names, last names and dates of birth match those of voters who voted in other states.

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have sued North Carolina over a series of laws to ensure fair and honest elections, including one requiring photo ID. “We will show that they were discriminatory in both intent and in impact,” Holder said in announcing the North Carolina suit, arguing that “concern of voter fraud is something that is made up” to justify the laws. Photo ID is required to enter the Justice Department building in Washington D.C., which is clearly racist in intent.

There is no factual evidence that requiring photo ID suppresses minority turnout. The only thing it suppresses is vote fraud. Here in Washington State we have plenty of experience with vote fraud. Democrats wanted Christine Gregoire elected, and just kept counting the votes until they found the necessary extra votes. Now we vote by mail, which may be convenient, but offers the best opportunity for vote fraud. If you do not yet vote by mail, expect it to be proposed soon as a more convenient way to vote. No standing in line at the polls. I don’t know if Democrats could win an honest election.

More Than You Wanted to Know About May Day: by The Elephant's Child
May 1, 2014, 6:14 am
Filed under: Politics

Reposted from May Day 2013

It came to my attention that President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation today, to proclaim that this is Loyalty Day, 2013. Huh? I had never heard of Loyalty Day, but it appears that it began in the Eisenhower administration. How could I have missed it? Presidents issue a proclamation every year. It’s a presidential thing. But let’s go back a little:

May Day in many cultures has marked the beginning of spring, a half-year from  All Hallows, celebrating the bringing back of the light, moving the cattle out to the fields, having a big bonfire and parading the cattle around the bonfire decorated with bright yellow may flowers. The Celtic countries called it Beltane, in Germany it was pretty much the same thing except called Walpurgisnacht after an English missionary named Walpurgis, also bonfires and celebration.

Just where and when it became a May Day celebration with maypoles and baskets of flowers, I’m not sure. (I checked with Wikipedia, but didn’t pay too close attention).



In small towns, young people made little may baskets filled with flowers and hung them from a friend’s front door, then rang the bell and ran away, leaving the basket a mystery. That’s all pretty tame, and when the Soviet Union began to take over May Day to show off their military might and their solidarity, maypoles began to seem a little wimpy. Besides those Soviet parades were annoying.

May Day Soviet



mayday parade Soviet

Pretty major contrast. You can see why President Eisenhower felt that we should strengthen our image a bit, but I don’t remember ever hearing of Loyalty Day, then or now. But May Day transformed into a sort of quasi-Communist radical labor day, where the reigning image was raised fists and evincing a desire for revolution now!

May Day VT

May Day sf

MayDay WI

Britain has lots of traditional celebrations. Many include Morris Dancers, and Beltane is still being celebrated the night before. Wikipedia made the bonfires and celebrations sound quite tame, but when I went looking for images, it seemed to be lots of naked people, painted red leaping over and around a bonfire. You can look that one up yourself under Beltane. Here are Morris Dancers.


So there you go. I’ll have to admit that manning the barricades sounds a lot more exciting than a maypole.  I had to laugh at Obama’s Loyalty Day Proclamation though.

But with every step forward, we have reaffirmed our faith in the ideals that inspired our founding. We have held fast to the principles at our country’s core: service and citizenship; courage and the common good; liberty, equality, and justice for all.

This is our Nation’s heritage, and it is what we remember on Loyalty Day. It is an occasion that asks something of us as a people: to rediscover those ageless truths our Founders held to be self-evident, and to renew them in our own time. We look back to Americans who did the same, from generation to generation — citizens who strengthened our democracy, organizers who made it broader,service members who gave everything to protect it. These patriots and pioneers remind us that while our path to a more perfect Union is unending, with hope and hard work, we can move forward together.

It’s always all about him, isn’t it.

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