American Elephants


The Trials and Tribulations of American Elephants by The Elephant's Child


Aside from being exhausted from all the Christmas preparation and execution, I managed to poison my cat. She shares the general markings of this cat, but it is not a picture of her, and honest, I didn’t do it on purpose.

We got some ornamental plants for Christmas, and I left one on the kitchen table while trying to find a stand for it, and Scarlett took a bite. I removed cat from table, shut her in the bathroom to sleep it off, where she has a basket, kitty litter, drinking water and peace and quiet.

When I went to check, she had decorated the entire bathroom except for the ceiling and medicine cabinet with the most spectacular case of diarrhea ever seen. Called the after hours vet, got the number for animal poison control, looked up the plant online.

The online sources I found were mostly neither comprehensive nor authoritative. Called poison control, they said $65 please, here’s your case# and take her to your vet in the morning and your vet can call this number.

She got shots, one an opioid for the pain which has made her really loopy, and there we are. She’ll be loopy for at least another day or two. Setback for her treatment for gastrointestinal problems. Another $200+

Why, you might ask did I call a black cat Scarlett? First page of Gone With the Wind, + the fact that she’s a real bitch. My other cat is twice her size and is daily reminded that Scarlett rules the roost, and it to be obeyed at all times. Such is life among the elephants.

ADDENDUM: The picture of the cat who was not mine prompted a memory of another cat story from 2010, memorable because it was hysterically funny. Comic relief to my day. It’s the story of “Missing Missy, “which may not even be true, but worth reading the whole thing because it gets funnier and funnier. It went viral at the time.



Heather MacDonald On the Universities and the Students by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald is an American political commentator, essayist, attorney and journalist. Wikipedia describes her as a “secular conservative” whatever that is. I guess that must be what I am as well. She is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor to New York’s City Journal, and someone worth paying a lot of attention to. Her latest book is “The War on Cops” which is worth your time. She hangs around precincts a lot and knows whereof she speaks.

Naturally and unfortunately, the Left rejects whatever she says. Bill McGurn wrote a piece called “The Silencing of Heather MacDonald” for The Wall Street Journal.  You can find frequent essays of hers at City Journal.



ISIS Has Lost 98 Percent of The Territory It Once Held by The Elephant's Child

ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory is once held. The so-called Caliphate has been dramatically reduced. The big gains come after years of micromanaging of the war, and the rejection of a more aggressive strategy that could have shortened the conflict. Obama was very concerned that he might be blamed  for civilian deaths, and his rules of engagement were onerous. Individual target determination was being done in the White House, which added weeks and weeks of time. The limitations actually resulted in greater civilian casualties according to retired Air Force Lt. General David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force Intelligence.

The latest American intelligence assessment says there are fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria—down from a peak of nearly 45,000 just two years ago.

U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing more than 70,000 jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned home.

The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along the border of Syria and Iraq. ISIS, at one point, controlled an area the size of Ohio.

While ISIS has been largely defeated, it continues to call on followers around the world to conduct terror attacks during the holidays with a new message sprouting up on Tuesday, and a suicide attack in Kabul on Christmas with ISIS claiming responsibility. It’s part of the terror group’s effort to expand influence into Africa and Afghanistan. The U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition warned late last week not to expect a complete defeat anytime soon.

The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated on the border between Iraq and Syria. ISIS once controlled an area the size of Ohio. They are continuing to call on followers around the world to conduct terror attacks during the holidays. Deptula said the fight with ISIS could have ended much sooner if President Obama had given his commanders in the field more authority. “He micromanaged the war.” Deptula said. “We could have accomplished our objectives through overwhelming air poser in three months, not in three years.”

Al- Qaeda has apparently reappeared in Syria according to Joshua Geltzer , a visiting professor at Georgetown Law School, and author of  “U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View.” The center for al-Qaeda now seems to be in Syria, not Afghanistan. There is progress, but the threat of terrorism is still intact.

ADDENDUM: John Hinderaker reports at Powerline that Radio Farda is reporting that demonstrations have broken out across Iran, “against high unemployment, a stagnant economy with inflationary prices and expensive overseas military interventions are spreading unpredictably fast in several cities.”

On Friday, protests spread to Kermanshah in the west, Tehran, Esfahan in central Iran, Rasht in the north, Ahvaz in the southwest and even Qom, the religious capital of Shiite clergy in Iran.

Some of the protesters, at least, chanted for a return of “Reza Shah,” the dynasty that was overthrown by the mullahs in 1979.




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