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President Obama Spoke to the Nation From the Oval Office. by The Elephant's Child

obamacarePresident Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office, intending to assure the public that he is absolutely correct in his strategy for, um, fighting ISIS; great tragedy in San Bernardino, killing a diverse group of Americans, which proves we need more gun laws, and though these two killers may have been radicalized by false notions of Islam, we mustn’t blame any Muslims because Islam is a religion of peace. Blaming Muslims would be a denial of our true American values,

His strategy, which is absolutely correct, is bombing ISIS ISIL with such strict rules of engagement that most flights never release their bombs. We cannot risk killing any civilians, so don’t go bombing any trucks that might be driven by a civilian. That would be a denial of our true American values. Remember that he killed Osama bin Laden. He has sent in Special Forces, all 50 of them, to train someone there how to fight ISIS ISIL We tried that before, but it ended up costing about a million dollars per fighter, and there ended up being only five of them left, anyway.

Above all, Obama promised that we weren’t going to have any war boots on the ground, because he wasn’t going to be George W. Bush and do any stupid stuff.  Our present policy of admitting large numbers of Syrian refugees from an assortment of Middle Eastern countries will not change because Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims mostly vote Democrat.

Here is an actual transcript of the speech. Obama said that we will defeat the real threat of terrorism, but didn’t explain how the “real threat” differs from the present threat, and we will “destroy” ISIS ISIL or any other organization that threatens the country. He just didn’t say how.

The President spoke at a podium in the Oval Office, not from his chair with his feet on the desk, as pictured above.  It was a formal speech to the nation,  only the third time he has addressed the nation from the Oval Office. He apparently thought it was important to say the same old things once again.  I may not have been entirely fair here.



This 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps In Its Head by The Elephant's Child

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At the beginning of December, this four or five ounce bird has, amassed in its tiny brain, conservatively, 5,000, or even 10,000 treasure maps in its head. The Clark’s nutcracker has been burying seeds since August. Its hidden so many seeds in the forest, tree crotches and meadows that it can fly up, look down and see little x’s marking those spots, and do the same thing for perhaps two miles around and remember where those x’s are for the next nine months.

Beginning in high summer, when whitebark pines produce seeds in their cones, the nutcrackers dash from tree to tree, and with sharp beaks, tear into the cones, pulling the seeds out one by one. One study clocked a nutcracker harvesting 32 seeds per minute. They have a double chin-like pouch under their bills that can hold around 92.7 seeds, or even up to 150 for the largest birds. They have long sharp beaks. They are birds of the mountains, even the high mountains across the country, not just in eastern white pine forests.

They land, peck little holes in the topsoil or under leaf litter, or leave seeds in nooks in the rough bark to prepare. When it gets cold, they know right where the seeds are stored. Absolutely amazing. The seeds they don’t recover replenish the forests.

From ‘Seriously Krulwich’ a blog by Robert Krulwich at National Geographic. The bird is sitting in a spruce tree, but the white pine is below.

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Gun Homicide Deaths Have Been Decreasing Steadily Since 1994. by The Elephant's Child

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This chart is important. It is directly from Mark J. Perry, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, Flint, and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. It is important because it demonstrates the big Leftist lie that the Democrats have been trying to get away with. Gun deaths are declining, not increasing.

The hard left is desperate to get all guns out of the hands of civilians because they have visions of a militant, far-right-wing, tea-party militia rising out of the swamps of somewhere in flyover country to ruin their power grabs and spoil their fading political faction, end their ability to steal elections and relegate them to the ash-heap of history. I mean why else would they carry around that ridiculous rattlesnake flag, make nasty videos of a nice health care organization like Planned Parenthood, and try to force religion on everybody by insisting on saying Merry Christmas and having crosses all over the place?

Butterfield fallacy time. Could the decline in gun deaths possibly be related to the increased numbers of criminals sent to the pokey for gun crimes? The 14 victims of the attack in San Bernardino had not even been identified before the event was being politicized by the President of the United States. It was only back in October that he was insisting that it was the duty of all Americans to politicize gun violence in order to achieve the goal of shinying-up his legacy.

And now that Mr. Obama has decided to release hundreds of felons serving time in federal prison for ‘non-violent crimes,’ will the level of gun deaths rise again? I have no idea, but I suspect that prisoners convicted of drug dealing may not all be able to find jobs. There are currently 38,151,000 men of working age who have quit looking because they can’t find employment.

As John Lott, who has done the studies and written the books on gun Crime says: “More Guns, Less Crime.” He keeps explaining to the Left, but they just won’t listen.




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