American Elephants

Saturday in the Park—Chicago! by The Elephant's Child

Another disturbing toll in dangerous Chicago. At least 21 people were shot this weekend, Friday through Sunday in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. The wounded, it is reported, included an 11 year old girl who was shot while standing outside with a 17-year-old girl on Sunday. Someone drove by and just started shooting. The 11 year old was shot in the chest. Last weekend, 28 were shot. Over the weekend of August 18-21 over 50 were shot and six people were killed. Thirty-three were shot over August 10-13, and over 70 were shot August 3 through the morning of August 6, and 11 died of their wounds.  That’s 169 shot on August weekends,17 dead. And nothing much changes?

ADDENDUM: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has given up hopes of a third term after the numbers of shot, wounded and killed continued to rise over this Labor Day Weekend. At least 25 people were shot and another 6 shot and killed. That carnage is the background for Emmanuel’s decision to pull out of the mayoral race. He was also under pressure over tax hikes and “regular criticisms that he hadn’t done enough to provide more job and economic opportunities on the South and West sides” the areas that have suffered the brunt of the city’s gun crime. There will, of course be cries for banning guns, but long time evidence demonstrates clearly that to fail as a solution. Chicago is often said to have the strictest gun laws in the country, and they have tried to, but the courts keep finding their laws unconstitutional.

City residents can own firearms under special conditions: They must be 21 years old and possess a firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry license, issued by the Illinois State Police. Before receiving a concealed carry license, residents must complete a 16 hour training course which includes a gun range test that residents must pass as well as coursework on gun safety. Also a background check and a $150 application fee, and no criminal convictions. Those with concealed carry permits are prohibited from bringing firearms into schools, public parks and playgrounds, government buildings, public transit, and any building with a “no gun” sign or sticker clearly visible at the entrance. They don’t recognize out-of-state-issued concealed-carry permits. As of June, there were 246,769 active concealed-carry permits in Illinois. Those who are just sure that more gun laws will actually prevent much of anything should pay attention.

Maybe it’s Time to Put Away the “Not Presidential” Idea by The Elephant's Child

The Left in general, and the Never Trumpers in particular, complain that President Trump is “not presidential.” The “presidential” part seems to mostly be directed at his habit of “tweeting.” We are told that the president has trained himself to operate on only six hours of sleep, so he can get more done. Other presidents didn’t tweet, and it’s rude, and crude, and not “presidential”. You’ve got 140 characters, so what you say has to be brief and snappy. And as far as other presidents, Twitter is just coming up on its sixth birthday, so Obama is the only other acting president who could have tweeted, and he does. Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet on March 21, 2006.

According to Twitaholic, the current five most popular Twitter accounts are: ladygaga: 33,265,051 followers, justinbieber: 33,262,987 followers, katyperry: 31,495,485 followers, rihanna: 27,928,899 followers, and BarackObama: 25,963,9666 followers.  It’s also important to note that a lot of these followers are fake. Lady Gaga has 32% fake followers, Barack Obama has 23% fake followers.

What most observers fail to notice is that President Trump’s tweets are strategic. He is letting the world know that he is personally paying attention. He is also letting the world know that he is not predictable.  And the world is paying attention, and they don’t know what to expect. “South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) appear to have walked back ambitious proposals for “expropriation without compensation —for the present — as a result of a controversial tweet by President Donald Trump.” Italy and Hungary Create an ‘Anti-Immigration Axis’. Don’t know if that is a response to a tweet, but it surely has something to do with America having their back. On the Palestinian Refugee Issue, President Trump is Magnificently Right. In Florida, a big boost for Rep Ron DeSantis came from President Trump’s endorsement. and GOP Gov. Rick Scott won an important victory at the polls.

The Washington Times observes that 83% of business executives say business is better, 76% see more growth coming. Stocks are at a record high and Wall Street is growing more optimistic that trade tensions are easing.

Many have seen President Trump as a reality TV star, or a New York raconteur, without understanding of the politics and deep experience of being a builder in New York City. I suspect that dealing with building codes, city bureaucrats, property owners, the legal establishment and who knows what else just might be a better training for political leadership than being a state legislator or even a governor.

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