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The Border Patrol Seized Enough Fentnayl To Kill 50 Million Americans by The Elephant's Child

The U.S.Border Patrol has seized enough fentanyl to kill over 50 million people from a  truck that was tying to cross the southern border into the United States.

Four days ago in Nogales, Arizona, at the port of entry, CBP officers stopped a tractor-trailer crossing the border with enough fentanyl to wipe out the entire populations of Texas, Arizona and New York state combined.

They found this under the floor of the trailer. They found 114 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the DEA, just two milligrams is considered a lethal dose. They also grabbed 179 kg of methamphetamine and one gram of fentanyl in pill form. The street value for the fentanyl over $102 million. The CBP officers arrested the smuggler, a Mexican national who attempted to drive the drugs across the border. The suspect was a part of the DHS’s trusted traveler program called FAST, that stands for free and secure trade for commercial vehicles. The program started after 9/11.

One would think this would suggest to Nancy Pelosi that suggesting that a wall on the border was “immoral” was a completely crackpot statement. Walls and barriers are not perfect, but they do work, and they do stop many illegal incursions. You might let her know what she is allowing.



Nancy Pelosi: “There Is Not Going to Be Any Wall Money!” by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi announced that the “bipartisan committee” looking for a solution to the border crisis was essentially null and void because she was going to see to it that there was no funding for a wall. Always nice to observe the cooperative efforts of our government in action to solve the enormous problems our country faces. particularly when a new “caravan” is now on its way north, numbering over a thousand. The migrants are coached to get across the border any way they can, and immediately turn themselves over to the Border Patrol, requesting asylum. Because of our lax immigration laws, those requesting asylum have to be granted a court hearing. They are given a court date and released into the country with instructions to turn up for their court date. Few turn up. They disappear into the population and are never seen again unless they commit a crime, and are caught.

The wives of Border Patrol officers have invited Speaker Pelosi down to Texas to see the border and understand the problems and dangers faced by their husbands. They’ve offered their husbands for security protection, and themselves to conduct a tour. Texas Ranchers have offered to pay Pelosi’s way to come and see their problems, which are quite real. They are not farmers, but ranchers who run cattle. People are not doing their basic homework, including Nancy Pelosi, who doesn’t know what she is talking about, and is trying to prevent President Trump from getting any kind of win.

The border is roughly 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some areas are not approachable, many have just low fences, or posts to keep trucks and cars from crossing., and there are lots of areas where fences can be scaled easily, or tunneled under. “Technology”sounds good, but what kind of technology is a mystery. Little drones that squirt tear gas? Border Patrol officers and their leaders have been begging for more wall for years. The wall Trump proposes is not a big concrete wall, but steel slats that allow one to see through. The job of the Border Control officers is often a dangerous one. They should be listened to, for they face the problem daily, and know what will work and what will not.

For those who would be interested, the Center for Immigration Studies will offer a tour of the border later in the year. You can check with them at cis.org for the details.

Texas originally reported that 95,000 illegals voted in the last election, and 58,000 who voted in more than one state, but those numbers have been challenged, and they’re working to find a more palatable number. Pennsylvania has reported 11.000 non-citizens on the voter rolls. We only know the ‘non-citizen’ part, not where they came from. But in California everyone who gets a driver’s license gets a voter registration card. We need to watch to make sure that does not become a national thing. The idea of illegal aliens  voting in our elections should be repugnant to everyone.

Pelosi is disastrously wrong. She’s determined to see that Trump does not get “his” wall, but every murder by an illegal alien, every crime committed, every rape and attack will be her fault for not allowing the barriers to be built. Every drug death will be because she didn’t want to secure the border, and of course Senator Schumer as well. This isn’t really a simple political contest, but real decisions that effect peoples lives, and end them or destroy them, because there are real consequences.



Look Who Is Running for the Democrat Nomination by The Elephant's Child

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Daniel Greenfield wrote today that “The Mayors of the Worst Cities In America Are Running for President”, and like the excellent investigative journalist he is, provided the proof, which is painful.

Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana. But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of Newark and Tallahassee want to run for president.

Mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced that he is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 run. Media reports have focused on the potential that he might become America’s first gay millennial president (Democrats love those ‘firsts’) instead of his record of heading a city since 2011 that has double the national and statewide violent crime rates, Hispanic poverty rates are 10% higher than the national average, Black households have double the poverty rate and Asian-American incomes are halved. The poverty rate is 24.7%. South Bend has a little over 100,000 residents but there were over 100 criminal shootings, and gangs like the Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples thrive.

In January 2019, just as Buttigieg was prepping his presidential run, three shootings in one week killed two teens and left a woman paralyzed from the waist down. In one summer week, the casualties included a 12 and a 13-year-old. In March, 6 people were hurt in one shooting spree.

Andrew Gillum. former Tallahassee mayor, defeated in the Florida gubernatorial race, now wants to run for higher office. The poverty rate for Tallahassee is 28.4%. 1 in 5 adults in the county have trouble reading. The highest number of murders in history last year and the highest crime rate. Tallahassee has ranked as one of the worst places to live in America.

Cory Booker first won national attention as the mayor of Newark, the worst city in New Jersey. He promised to turn the city around, but while garnering nation attention with his Twitter account and viral stunts, did nothin for the city. Newark is one of the country’s murder capitals and has been listed as the most violent city in the state. Also a worst city to live in. 1 in 4 residents live in poverty in the 3rd neediest city in America.

These three Democrats are joined by our own governor here in Washington State. The Libertarian Cato Institute has ranked the nation’s governors on their fiscal management of their states, and Jay Inslee, who has just announced his run for higher office, came in dead last with a resounding F grade. Oregon’s governor was next to last, but she doesn’t seem to be running.

The Democrats may outdo the Republicans last time in numbers of candidates running for the presidency. You might want to remember the qualifications of these three former mayors.



The Worst Food Regulation Ever by The Elephant's Child

A government shutdown not only allows the rest of us a chance to think about the usefulness of government and all that it does, but quite a few people have been talking about the unnecessary size of government, the things the government does that they don’t really need to be doing, and there was an article in the Wall Street Journal today titled “This May be the Worst Regulation Ever” with an even more interesting subhead: “A USDA rule about labels on ‘bioengineered’ food cost hundreds of millions and has no benefits.

Well, Frabjous Day, Henry I. Miller has hit on one of my pet peeves. He is talking specifically about the “Non GMO” required label, but the “Certified Organic” is almost as bad. I blame it all on suburban housewives, who are supposed to be “highly educated”, but in my experience are highly susceptible to phony claims.

The “Organic” movement started because they got it in their heads that their food was being fertilized by the petroleum industry. Well, yes, petroleum products are rich in nitrogen which is a fertilizer for plants, and oil companies made fertilizers. Panic time! Poisoning children. The Organic movement wanted “natural” fertilizer, not fossil fuels. “Natural fertilizer” comes from cow poop and chicken poop. Food grown without a lot of noxious chemicals in a “natural way” grew, and the Dept. of Agriculture agreed to certify foods produced by organic farmers as “Organic” so folks could be sure to reach for the right can. Unfortunately  cow poop and chicken poop have a risk of e-coli, which is poisonous, And when you get to advertisements on the radio for “Organic Cotton sheets for your bed” it gets remarkably silly. If the cotton fields from which the cotton was picked were fertilized with manure, what earthly difference does that make to the fabric eventually woven for your bed?

The GMO scare was similar. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. They tweaked the genes of the plants that grew what eventually became food to add a more desirable element. In some cases it helps to resist a virus, or resist a certain kind of bug, or need less water or fertilizer when growing. The statute acknowledged that bioengineered food is neither more nor less safe than other food, but the new rule — the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) will not help consumers to understand that. So you have labels on most of the canned food on your supermarket’s shelves that identify Organic foods and Non GMO foods, that give you useless information and cost you a whole bunch. Organic food costs about 30% more than its non-organic counterpart, and is a complete waste of money.

I refuse to buy anything with an “Organic” label, but stores now have a large organic fruit and vegetable section. I blame it, as I said on suburban women, and on Gwyneth Paltrow, who has always been very big on food scares.

The original article is here, but may be behind a subscription barrier. Henry I. Miller is a great debunker of things that need debunking. Watch for him.



Global Warming Is Creating Misery in the Upper Midwest by The Elephant's Child

Chicago and the upper Midwest are suffering under a cold wave. Top that off with power failures in Minnesota, and the media are reeling under assorted wind chill forecasts to find the scariest warnings. But they also somehow have to fit all that in with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim of global warming doom in only 12 years. That’s where it gets complicated.

In the middle of the cold wave, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen Ed. Markey are set to unveil legislation laying out a “Green New Deal” as soon as next week, according to Axios.

The Green New Deal is a set of vague, but broad progressive policy goals seeking to transform the economy in the name of fighting climate change. It has risen from obscurity to prominence since the November election, with Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star, leading the charge. Democrats eyeing presidential runs — including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris — are backing the general concept of the Green New Deal, which is sure to play a role in the 2020 primary.

They didn’t know the details but a draft legislative document circulating that describes the policy from O-C’s campaign website.

  • That document includes a goal of 100% renewable electricity within 10 years (up from 17% today), a federal jobs guarantee for people working in the low-carbon transition, and universal healthcare.
  • It’s light on details on how that would be funded and is also silent on whether the policy includes a price on carbon dioxide emissions, long considered central to climate change policy.

So perhaps it’s not too surprising that Democrats are urging their party to find someone, to primary AO-C before the next election. The party is not usually too excited to have green freshmen congresspeople proposing legislation and making speeches, and demanding attention. Kind of  basic manners. They are supposed to be silent and learn the ropes first.

So we are now supposed to blame icy cold on Global Warming, or something like that. Renewable energy comes from hydroelectric dams. Wind and solar simply cannot produce the energy that an industrial state requires. Wind does not blow at the optimum speed to produce energy steadily. It blows in wafts and puffs, and sometimes in destructive gales. Wind turbines kill thousands of birds. Solar energy is too diffuse to be of serious use, and there are clouds that move across the sky, or just hang there for days as we in the Northwest know. Scientists simply reject the claim that renewable energy would supply the power needed.

Dr. Lubos Motl: “The actual main purpose of this term,”polar vortex’, is for the journalists to sound credible and convey a thesis about the climate that is absolutely idiotic.”

The UN IPCC’s Kevin Trenberth rebukes fellow warmists on the polar vortex claims: “Frankly, it is a stretch to make that link…this is in a realm of weather – not climate.”

The climate has been warming and cooling for millions of years. The current slight rise in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has meant that the planet is greening and there is more food for hungry people. It has been a huge benefit to mankind, for carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants. The idea of carbon taxes is absurd, and those who have attempted to legislate such taxes have been promptly shut down.

For those who want to understand a little better, visit Dr. Roy Spencer’s website. He is the scientist who runs the satellite program that samples temperatures across the planet. You will find articles like” Global Warming 101″, and other helpful posts on the global warming background, as well as information about his latest book: Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People.

In the meantime, Bill Nye, (Science Guy) who is not a scientist, but has only an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, issued his latest warning: “The U.S. will have to grow its food in Canada. Agriculture in North America is going to have to move north.”

And the University of Wisconsin-Madison issued a new climate modelling study on January 28, 2019 that claims that ice fishing, hockey, skating and skiing on frozen lakes are endangered by “global warming” . The study states that such “iconic cold-weather past-times could become a rare winter treat” due to “global warming.” (Bad Timing!) So there you go.



The Information From a Government Shutdown May Be More Important than We Realize! by The Elephant's Child

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During President Trump’s government shutdown, the partisan media daily gave us a play-by-play account of the agonies of government workers, clearly starving to death and unable to pay for food or fun. Several major banks offered no-interest loans, many DC restaurants offered free meals, and if any federal employees wanted to complain about their horrific treatment, the breathless media was right there with a microphone and a camera.

It should be a lesson to all federal workers, put aside six months of savings. Presidents do try shutdowns now and then, and it’s nice to be prepared. A few dollars at a time works. However the reality on the ground didn’t seem to indicate that furloughed employees suffered enough to satisfy the media.

Perhaps you recall President Obama’s government shutdown. He shut down all the national parks, tried to block viewpoints where people could look into national parks, and shut down federal monuments in Washington D.C. which meant that the special flights bringing elderly WWII veterans to see their monument in the nation’s capitol spoiled their visit. And younger, more able vets took it on themselves to take down the barriers. This time around the drama was all in the press, and there was no attempt to inconvenience ordinary citizens.

Of course Democrats are now trying to come up with a bill that prevents shutting down the government when Republicans are in charge while not interfering with their own ventures.

It’s all theater, of course. What a government shutdown actually does demonstrate is that there are a remarkable number of tasks performed by federal workers that would be better done by the private sector, and quite a lot that don’t need to be done at all. A correspondent for Reason said there was a story in his local paper that National Park Rangers were fining “trespassers” at sites including the Montezuma Well Indian ruins. But that wasn’t quite accurate., the site is free to enter and the small ranger station there is often unstaffed.

Air Traffic Control is, however, a job that needs to be done. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General pointed out that Canada, the U.K. Germany and France have “commercialized their air t traffic operations via independent air navigation service providers” that “are financially self-supporting.” He added that we could learn from their experience. The Airline trade association supports privatization, and industry analysts say the shutdown gave them a bi boost.

We already know that government workers are paid significantly more than their counterparts in the private sector, for no particular reason except that it’s easy for Congress to approve constantly growing budgets. It’s not something that gets attention from their voters at election time.

Do make the effort to write to your representatives and tell them what you think. They may not read your actual letter or email, but if you are a constituent your opinion gets tallied and the fact that you troubled to write gives it extra importance. You might turn out to be an activist.



Today’s Commentary for Today. Posts I Liked. by The Elephant's Child

Important columns from today:

Thomas Sowell: Investors Business Daily “Lessons from the Past” Partly from his own history in 1948, when he was a black 17 year-old school dropout,  compared with the experience of 17 year old black teenagers today.

— Sally Pipes: Investors Business Daily “To Win the White House, Democrats Will Have to Hide the Truth About Single Payer.” It’s hard to believe that anyone would be pushing this.

— Bjorn Lomborg: “What science could teach Ocasio-Cortez about climate change” She knows we are all going to die starting in 12 years, and she’s not interested in other opinions.

—Byron York: Washington Examiner: “In border talks, a new fight for barrier deniers.” The ongoing efforts of the House-Senate committee. There are some areas of agreement, but not many.

— Editorial: Investors Business Daily “Growth Paid for 20% of GOP Tax Cuts, New CBO Data Show. Republicans argued during debates that the tax cuts would partially pay for themselves by spurring economic growth. Democrats, of course, said they were a giveaway to the rich. GOP was right.



Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by The Elephant's Child

From the new issue of Imprimus from Hillsdale College:

Alex Berenson is the author of Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

The following is adapted from a speech delivered January 15, 2019 at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington D.C.

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Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

Until recently, my wife Jackie­—Dr. Jacqueline Berenson—was a senior psychiatrist there. Many of Mid-Hudson’s 300 patients are killers and arsonists. At least one is a cannibal. Most have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia that provoked them to violence against family members or strangers.

A couple of years ago, Jackie was telling me about a patient. In passing, she said something like, Of course he’d been smoking pot his whole life.

Of course? I said.

Yes, they all smoke.

So marijuana causes schizophrenia?

I was surprised, to say the least. I tended to be a libertarian on drugs. Years before, I’d covered the pharmaceutical industry for The New York Times. I was aware of the claims about marijuana as medicine, and I’d watched the slow spread of legalized cannabis without much interest.

Jackie would have been within her rights to say, I know what I’m talking about, unlike you. Instead she offered something neutral like, I think that’s what the big studies say. You should read them.

So I did. The big studies, the little ones, and all the rest. I read everything I could find. I talked to every psychiatrist and brain scientist who would talk to me. And I soon realized that in all my years as a journalist I had never seen a story where the gap between insider and outsider knowledge was so great, or the stakes so high.

I began to wonder why—with the stocks of cannabis companies soaring and politicians promoting legalization as a low-risk way to raise tax revenue and reduce crime—I had never heard the truth about marijuana, mental illness, and violence.

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You might want to read this one. The whole issue is here, and you can subscribe to Imprimis at the end. I have enjoyed my subscription. Only comes once a month, and it’s completely free.



What Do We Do When Social Media Isn’t Social At All? by The Elephant's Child

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The watchmen at the big social media websites are busily trying to police the flow of conversation that they initiated with their ideas about how to become rich and powerful. They thought people would like to share their thoughts, news, ideas, recipes and pictures with their friends. They have indeed become rich and powerful, but they forgot everything they learned in grade school and junior high, or perhaps did not learn about human nature.

The perpetrators of the constant hum of the online conversation we call “social media” blame any problems on “hate speech”, a poorly defined selection of words that someone, somewhere, objects to. All too often, it is simply the opinion of someone in the opposing political party.

One can say whatever one chooses if they agree with what you say, but your words must pass tests of race, ethnic origin, sex, sexual preference, age, political affiliation, part of the country you come from, and a few dozen other qualifying questions. Vulgarity is fine, and broadly circulated, as is any amount of coarseness, crassness, crudity, grossness, indelicacy, rawness, rudeness and tastelessness or don’t you read the comments on popular websites? Here is one definition I found:

Primarily internet or cellular phone based applications and tools to share information among people. Social media includes popular networking websites, like Facebook and Twitter; as well as bookmarking sites like Reddit. It involves blogging and forums and any aspect of an interactive presence which allows individuals the ability to engage in conversations with one another, often as a discussion over a particular blog post, news article, or event.

Having created this mess and trying desperately to find a way to manage the flow of conversation or discussion before the government steps in to slap them down, as Europe is already beginning to do, they are attempting to pacify by creating “independent” judges to parse your speech for anything that might get them in trouble. The fact that they are simultaneously parsing your speech to sell to advertisers is a separate problem.

Human nature. We are a quarrelsome lot. We have a hard time getting along with our immediate family, let alone a bunch of complete strangers. People do not speak well, and write even less well. We have a hard time saying what we mean, and it is usually poorly thought out. We have never really thought clearly about the big questions, let alone the little ones. That’s why Jordan Peterson has made such an impact. He tries to clarify what we are thinking and saying and point out where we have gone astray.

Oddly, with the enormous increase in people using social media, psychologists tell us that loneliness is an increasing problem. I think in the effort to connect people, we have created far greater problems that are just beginning to emerge. I suspect we may have been better off when you had to pick up the phone and dial your friend’s house, and didn’t stay on the line too long because it would cost too much.

I think this phenomenon has had some very unfortunate effects on our society that we do not yet understand. If you have any answers let me know.



The Border Patrol Has Been Asking for Barriers Along the Border by The Elephant's Child

Laredo Sector Border Control rescued a family from the Rio Grande River in an unsecured section of the border with Mexico. The woman and her 10-month-old child were stranded in the river when smugglers abandoned them, and left them overnight in the icy river. The Border Patrol took them to a local hospital for evaluation, but they needed no further treatment. During the last fiscal year Border Patrol officers rescued more than 4,300 migrants in distress. During the first two months of this fiscal year, the numbers jumped 75 percent over the same period last year.

The wife of a Border Patrol agent has invited Nancy Pelosi to visit the border to see for herself why walls are needed.

“We would like to show you around! You don’t need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness!” Jill Demanski, the wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent wrote in a letter to Speaker Pelosi. She told Fox News she wrote the letter because she felt Pelosi needs to see this area of the border in person in order to make an informed decision about border security funding

She emphasized that elected representative should meet with the agents on the ground to get a more accurate understanding of the need for physical barriers. She said the border wall is not a Trump issue and that Border Patrol agents have been asking for  barriers along the border for years. Attacks on Border Patrol agents have been increasing in this fiscal year.

The Center for Immigration Studies has calculated that installing barriers in the areas where they are needed would pay for themselves in the reduced costs of crime, welfare, and schooling for illegal aliens. They scream that “No Human is Illegal”, but anyone entering the country without a visa is illegal, and an alien is merely someone who owes their allegiance to another country.

 



Stephen Harper Explains Why Trump Won by The Elephant's Child
January 28, 2019, 7:17 pm
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Some opinions are more important than other opinions, and not just because they agree or disagree. In this case you have the opinion of someone who spent a good portion of his life running another country, and winning elections, so his comments are certainly worth our attention. He did a pretty good job in Canada.



“How the Wall Became America’s Dividing Line” by The Elephant's Child

If you are not familiar with Daniel Greenfield, you should be. He is an investigative reporter in an age when trust in the media has mostly collapsed. His work can be found at the Sultan Knish blog, and at Front Page Magazine under “The Point.” He wrote earlier this week on “How the Wall Became America’s Dividing Line”subtitled “The wall debate defines what makes us Americans.”

America is full of visible and invisible walls. In the first half of the last century, our politics had been dedicated to tearing down the walls between classes, races and genders. And then in the second half of the century, radicals terrified of what that meant for their plans, began building them up again while adding new divisions until every city, workplace and even family is divided by many invisible walls.

Walls represent divisions. Whether you support or oppose a particular wall depends on whether you believe a division is legally, morally or philosophically legitimate. The walls that the radicals want to tear down are the walls distinguishing and defining concepts that they don’t believe in, such as nations and genders, while building walls of segregation to separate races and classes.

When Speaker Pelosi calls a border wall immoral, it’s not because she believes that physical structures of steel and stone are immoral, but that the concept that a wall protects, that of the nation and its citizenry, is immoral to the radical mind.

That’s an important debate worth having because the rejection of America as a distinct nation, as opposed to a distinct idea, gets at the heart of the opposition to so much of Trump’s agenda from both parties.

Unfortunately neither Pelosi nor her media allies are willing to honestly put forward their views and debate them. Instead they make false claims of supporting border security in principle, while opposing it at every turn in practice.

Read the whole thing here. You’ll be glad you did.




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