American Elephants

Is Serious Cooperative Bargaining Even Possible? by The Elephant's Child


So far in the new U.S. fiscal year, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have encouraged illegal aliens to the extent that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials  have apprehended nearly 9,000 ‘migrants’ — and those are just the ones that were caught. Border Patrol has transported 2,224 of the migrants to local hospitals.

On January 15, Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 247 illegals. At least 50 of them required immediate medical attention from a hospital. This bunch crossed in an extremely remote area of the border.

Illegal immigration at the border for December 2018 increased by 81% compared to December 2017. The number of adults traveling to the border with children has increased by 280%.  DHS says that 22 thousand minors ‘illegally crossed” the border in December. They are told that children will increase their chances for amnesty. The children may or may not be part of the family. There are significant numbers of unaccompanied children, I assume teen-agers. There have been about 53 large groups crossing the border since October 2018.

In 2012 President Obama created a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA. It granted work permits, identity documents, and relief from deportation to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants who arrived as youths. The most obvious problem with DACA is that it is illegal. President Obama effectively rewrote immigration law. Here’s Obama’s statement about a year before he actually instituted DACA.

With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. … The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. … There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.

DACA applies to individuals up to the age of 38 this year. Many have long since ended their studies and committed multiple felonies. Over 1,500 have had their DACA status revoked since 2012 due to their involvement with criminal gangs.

Individuals who get across the border often go directly to a Border Patrol officer to request asylum. They get a trial date when they are to appear for court, and are set free. 43 percent of aliens free pending trial failed to appear for court. Deportation orders for failing to appear in court exceed deportation orders from cases that were actually tried by 306 percent. 49 percent of unaccompanied children failed to appear in U.S. immigration courts in 2017. Democrats won’t talk even after Trump offered extended legal status for “Dreamers”. Documents reveal that the Obama administration “misrepresented” the number of serious crimes committed by illegal aliens. The number of crimes is close to 10 times the number that the administration gave to Congress. Congress and President Trump have been negotiating for over a year over border-wall funding and the DACA program.

The Daily Wire has posted a video of over 110 migrants scaling the border wall with the help of a smuggler with a ladder, in the Yuma sector.They were arrested on Monday. During the period until February 15 allowed for negotiations with the Democrats, the Border Patrol estimates that another 30,000 will attempt to cross the border. If you wonder why Democrats and their allies in the media are always claiming that voter fraud is “actually very rare” or statistically non-existent, it ‘s because they really don’t want the facts to be known. State election officials in Texas have uncovered a huge 95,000 illegal voter registrations from non-citizens, and more than half of them 58,000 actually casting ballots. in one or more elections since 1996.

Last fiscal year, the 65,000 annual limit on non-immigrant temporary worker (H-1B) visas was reached for the first time, and is likely to be repeated this year. The technology industry is pushing for Congress to double the 65,000 limit by increasing the ceiling by 20 percent per year for the next three years. Is this is the national interest? FAIR says the increase is not based on need, and not in the national interest. Seems to be based on cheaper workers.

We don’t really know how many illegal aliens are in the country. The 11,000 number has been around for years and never seems to change. A recent report upped it to 22,000, but the Center for Immigration Studies says that is very unlikely.

The Democrats, officially represented by Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, are completely opposed to any wall or barrier or limits. They supposedly want open borders. The House and Senate’s Democratic leaders have refused to hear the testimony of the Gold Star moms who have lost family members to criminal illegal aliens. Officially, the Democrats want open borders, sanctuary cities and states, lots of illegals voting for Democrats, and citizenship for the 800,000 DACA recipients. But then neither Pelosi not Schumer have ever had any personal experience caused by the problems of open borders.

If you think any of this is important at all, you might consider contacting your representatives in Congress and letting them know what you think. They do seem to be somewhat out of touch with the people they supposedly represent.

This Is A Strange Political Season, Even Stranger Than We Think by The Elephant's Child


Here’s the mess the Women’s March left behind, for someone else to clean up.

Have you just become accustomed to being called “racists”, or “fascist,” “white-supremacists,”? So it doesn’t bother you much any more? I wrote, back on February 8, 2017:

Headline from Breitbart: “Exclusive—Women Nationwide Cut Up Nordstrom’s Cards, Plan Boycotts After Political Decision to Drop Ivanka Trump Line.”  It would have been cheaper to hire some extra guards.

This is a strange political season. Democrats were absolutely confident that they could expect another four or eight years in charge of the government and the country, with Hillary. Because people seemed to like President Obama they thought it was a home run. They didn’t pay attention to the vast numbers of people who believed the country was going in the wrong direction. Democrats lost not just the White House, but straight down the line to city councils. And they lost to a man with an orange complexion and funny hair who often said rude things.

Two years later, and the Democrats are still crazed, and Republicans still wonder what is the matter with them. We do not think in the same way. We even have some “Democratic Socialists” who yearn for a classless fully egalitarian society – a golden age where everyone is equal and we don’t have billionaires and zillionaires keeping all the money for themselves. They really believe that Medicare for all is a possibility, that the minimum wage should be raised by the government so everyone has a living wage. AO-C really believes in free college for everyone, and she graduated with a degree in international affairs and economics?

Democrats don’t think economically. Their politics begins with hatred of the rich, probably left over from the first days of the union movement. They don’t understand that the buying and selling of goods and services provide an unemotional report on what is happening in the economy. They don’t understand that cutting the taxes of the rich frees up money to invent, create, hire, and expand. And they do not understand that raising the minimum wage leaves no place for the the beginner with no training, who doesn’t know how to work. AO-C, when asked how we would pay for her ideas, says we’ll just pay for it. Print more money.

The Left has a propaganda shop, with wordsmiths who devise the most useful language to use in all political discussions. You have probably seen the videos of many Democrat politicians all saying exactly the same thing in the same words at the same time. Propagandists choose the words most likely to sway the minds of the public.

The illegal immigrants turned DACA “kids” by the Obama administration are always described as “kids” though some are in their late 30s or 40s by now. Always “brought here through no fault of their own” and always “Dreamers” who dream of a college education and to become Americans. A large percentage are school dropouts, many still do not speak English, few have gone to college, and the fraud rate pertaining to age and identification is as high as 40% or more. ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been demonized to such an extent that many believe that they abuse little children. and, of course “rip them from their mothers arms.” That’s how the language is used to affect emotions, or in other words propaganda. ICE is simply a necessary police force, and there to keep us safe.

The Left is engaged in an all-out war on the Right. Their best weapon  yet is “de-platforming.” They threaten in one way or another those who support conservatives with their advertising. Here in Seattle, conservative talk radio, the station that carries Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved and Mark Levin has lost its national advertisers and now carries mostly ads from conservative companies, weight-loss, patent medicines and very local businesses, plus a lot of public service ads. They have been very successful with this tactic, even getting major banks and credit card companies to refuse to do businesses with gun manufacturers.

The success with advertisers has spurred them to go farther with the credit card business. Their success with Facebook, Twitter, Google and now Microsoft is with labeling conservative thought and ideas as “Hate Speech,” White Supremacy” and/or racist if they can find anything to so label, and it is succeeding beyond all expectations. CNN. The New York Times, and the Washington Post are happy to go along.  It’s Partisan Politics in full-on attack mode.

The all-out attack on the Covington Catholic High School boys is a warning about their attack on Catholicism, and religion in general, in preparation for a full-on attack on Trump’s potential nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsberg should she choose to retire, for Barrett is Catholic. They are not going to have Ginsberg replaced with a Conservative, and now they are trying to impeach Justice Kavanaugh. They are sure that he must have lied to Congress.

It seems that Republicans mostly just assume that the Left has gone nuts with their hatred of Trump, without understanding the depth and breadth of the attack. It’s getting extremely dangerous out there, and our Republicans in Congress don’t seem to understand what is reallly going on.

The Entertainer by The Elephant's Child
January 24, 2019, 11:34 pm
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July 2018, Nashville. A Chet Atkins Convention: Richard Smith plays Scott Joplin, with Tommy Emmanuel in attendance.

The Media Misses Badly. And A Lesson in Successful Advertising by The Elephant's Child

This has been a day of extraordinarily bad behavior by the Left, provoked, as Joy Behar admitted, by Catholic kids wearing MAGA hats because the women on The View hate Trump and want him gone. A wee bit of Honesty.

It’s hard to remember that only a couple of days ago, the controversy was all about Gillette Razors and their attack on men and “toxic masculinity.” Turned out that the art director was a radical feminist well known for her hatred of men. The puzzle was why on earth a famous razor company  would approve such a commercial, but it seems that many businesses in our current climate have never learned the lessons of time and experience and do not have the sense to recognize that a wise business dealing with the American people does not choose to do politics instead of business, nor chooses to alienate half the country and all of their customers.

A competitor recognized the opportunity presented. And good for Barbasol.

And even a watch company saw a chance to speak out at Gillette idiocy!

Companies invest a lot of money in their advertising, hoping to please potential customers. Consider this a lesson in how it is done.

A Breath of Fresh Air from Folks Worth Listening To by The Elephant's Child


• Victor Davis Hanson addresses A License to Hate.The Left and their smears and hatred, what they say and why. Do read this whole thing, you’ll be glad you did.

• Thomas Lifson, proprietor of American Thinker explains why he is “attending no Pity Parties for furloughed federal workers.

• William McGurn, Wall Street Journal: “The Shaming of Karen  Pence.She’s teaching at a Christian School!

• Victor Davis Hanson on: “Should the FBI Run the Country?

Not Exactly A Day Like All Days, Thank Goodness! by The Elephant's Child

If you want to see pictures, they are here:

What a thoroughly weird day. We had a Women’s March yesterday in the nation’s capitol and some other places, but only the DC one matters. That’s where you get the speeches and the press obligingly takes pictures of the most outrageous and vulgar signs. This one was even more excruciatingly embarrassing than the last one. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke in response to the major speech by the President of the United States. The newest and youngest of the 435 members of the House of Representatives felt called upon for a response.

Republicans made her a celebrity, so now we apparently have to live with it. Republicans were shocked by the inanity and wrongheadedness of what she said, and listened closely for the next stupidity. The media promptly started paying attention, and that is how celebrity gets made these days. I think it was Chris Buskirk who said that what she clearly was not stupid, it’s just that what she believed was completely wrong. Scott Adams warned that because Republicans found her threatening, she was dangerous and we must not underestimate her. She really just confirms what is the direction of the Democrat Party — neither knowledge of nor understanding of free-market capitalism, and an embrace of socialism instead.

I think the Left started off back in the day when Democrats were trying to start unions, with a viscous hatred for the “Captains of Industry,” Corporate bosses or CEOs.  College professors loathed them, for they made way more money than they and their fellows did, and they didn’t even have PhDs! That’s just my theory. Thus they have no interest in capitalism, free-market or any other kind, and they do not understand it because they loathe it. Listen closely and it pops up all the time. I often quote Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the UN’s IPCC– supposedly the last word on world climate, who admitted that the goal of the environmental movement was not to save the world from climate doom, but “to rid the world of Capitalism.”

The United States is the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world, and we can’t seem to sell anybody else on free-market capitalism. Of course Obama could never manage anything over 2% growth, but that was not the norm. Donald Trump has restored growth, restored prosperity, restored jobs, and naturally everyone loathes him, and cannot say things vulgar enough about how much they hate him. Go figure.

A lot of people dumped their support for the Women’s March because of the Anti-Semitism of the leaders, and their connections. They support the BDS movement, and of course Linda Sarsour,a leader of the march is a Palestinian-American, and the march isn’t much about women anyway, and women are doing just fine.

The other big event of the day was that a group of boys from a Covington, Kentucky, Catholic Boys School were here for the March for Life on Saturday, in which their school traditionally participates. They were waiting at the Lincoln Memorial for their bus, and a bunch of Black Supremacy Activists started yelling at them, then a elderly Native American activist worked his way through the crowd and started playing his drum right under the nose of one of the boys.

The young man smiled at the activist, maintained his poise, asked their counselor for permission to do the school yell. His parents should be proud of him. Twitter got into the event, and disgraced themselves and their pretensions of fairness, and the whole thing became an “event,” falsely portrayed, and the kids were being called awful names, getting death threats, and even their principal and their church assumed that they had done something wrong — they had not. It will all blow over, the kids will be proven to be without fault, and to have behaved extremely well under great provocation.

The current leftist meme is that the poised young man who smiled in response to someone drumming right in his face – was “smirking.” And clearly “smirking” is a “face-crime.” There are no depths to which the Left will not descend.

Just another ordinary day. I’m not sure just how many more ordinary days like that one we can handle.

It’s All About Power. They Can’t Afford a Trump Win. by The Elephant's Child


Yesterday, President Donald Trump made a brief 15 minute speech that described the crisis at the southern border and offered a compromise proposal to the Democrats. He said that his proposal would not solve the immigration issues. but would address the immediate crisis at the border, and would allow the government to reopen.

Excellent speech, well delivered. This was Trump at his best. Democrats’ best hope is that not many people will see or hear the speech. Here’s the link: 

El Paso Sector Border Control officials report that at least 2,500 illegal aliens crossed the border along a small section of the New Mexico Border, this fiscal year as part of large groups of Central American families and unaccompanied minors near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry. These illegals are there because of Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer’s insistence on open borders.

As columnist Roger Kimball emphasizes, “almost everything the Democrats are now doing is about their hatred of Trump and the 2020 election.”

The Democrats are attempting to destroy Trump, gambling that prolonging the government shutdown redounds to their benefit while also calculating that more illegal immigrants means more welfare recipients, which means more Democratic voters.

The Democratic media has been emphasizing the horrors of the government shutdown in their every utterance, but in reality, it affects only those who live paycheck to paycheck, and for the convenience of those folks, a number of banks are offering no interest loans to tide them over. The administration has assured businesses that everyone will get their back pay as soon as Pelosi and Schumer quit playing games. You wouldn’t know it from the media’s breathless “It’s now Day 28 of the longest…”

John Fund quoted historian David Horowitz’ explanation of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, Obama’s community organizing handbook:

The cause of a political action — whether civil rights or women’s rights — is never the real cause; women, blacks, and other “victims” are only instruments in the larger cause, which is power.

Democrats are sure that their propaganda about the how nice open borders are for all the poor people coming from bad countries will make people approve of their intransigence. But even our Hispanic citizens are dubious about their claims. President Trump’s approval rating has climbed to over 50% among citizens of Hispanic origin. There’s a teachers’ strike going on in Los Angeles. The teachers want more money, the city says they can’t afford it. It is costing the city over $2 million to educate the illegal immigrant children in the district.

They have finally revised the “official” number of illegal immigrants in the country which had been “11 million” for years in spite of the numbers reportedly coming over the border. It is now supposedly over 20 million, but I’m not sure that we have any idea whatsoever.

The Continually Growing Problem of Illegal Immigration by The Elephant's Child


(Yuma Border Patrol Photo)

We talk a lot about the border, and the potential wall. Some of the objections seem to attach to the “wall” word. Sounds mean, or unwelcoming. Not mean, but certainly unwelcoming, and justifiably so. I think most Americans welcome legal immigrants, it’s the illegal, the drugs, the crime, the dependence on welfare, and the gangs. The increasing numbers of innocent people killed by illegals because Democrats want open borders because illegals can be urged to vote is infuriating. But our immigration laws need some serious reform. As I understand the law, if an illegal can manage to set foot in the United States, they can, and do, appeal immediately for asylum, and thus they are here until they have their court hearing to see whether asylum will be granted. But once in the country, they may vanish, in spite of any requirement to appear.

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection, according to the agency.

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to CBP. …

The agency says 179 of the record 376 people who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors — children under 18 traveling on their own.

Eighty percent of the apprehensions of those crossing the border with Mexico are currently parents with children. The majority of them, including the group tunneling in near Yuma, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process. CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said his unit needs better barriers, but it more urgently needs funding to provide for families. Their number one challenge is the humanitarian problem.

Congress is the problem, while America is being invaded.

On Thursday,  Border Patrol Agents seized 700 lbs. of Cocaine, brought across the border in an area with no barrier.

And from Claudia Rosett: “The United Nations is trying to grab control of worldwide immigration policies.”

While President Donald Trump seeks funding for a border wall, the United Nations is seeking control of migration policies worldwide, with a campaign configured to undermine America’s sovereignty and control over its own borders. And, yes, if the U.N. has its way, America will help pay for it.

As with many of the U.N.’s turf grabs, this campaign to co-opt national migration policy has been years in the making. Incremental in its origins, and swaddled in U.N. jargon and procedure, it has largely escaped the U.S. headlines. But it’s now reached the stage of becoming dangerous.

The spearhead of this U.N. campaign is an international agreement with the high-minded name of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. That’s not remotely what this document boils down to. While proclaiming a utopian “unity of purpose” among the 193 highly diverse member states, this Global Compact would have the U.N.’s largely unaccountable, self-aggrandizing and often opaque bureaucracy, operating in service of its despot-infested collective of governments, set the terms for all.

Do read the whole thing.

Jordan Peterson Talks About Free Speech in Canada by The Elephant's Child

Here’s another approach to the strange twist our modern societies have taken. Canada’s laws are a little different than our Constitution, and not as old. Very interesting., and very complicated.

“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Harm Me!” by The Elephant's Child


Old time saying or “aphorism”: There are a lot of words to describe those old-time sayings your grandmother had. In our family, when you dropped something breakable and it broke – my aunt always said smartly “You dropped something!” I really have to guard my tongue to keep from saying it, because it always enrages the dropee.  But there are tons of them, many probably regional, or outdated: “A stitch in time saves nine” probably refers to a time when every High School’s Home Ec. classes included some basic sewing. Do they teach Home Ec. any more? I suspect not.

We have, however, become a society that parses every word (particularly of the opposing political party) and condemns anything questionable that is uttered. This is happening at the same time that normal language has become extraordinarily gritty and vulgar. New Lefty congressperson Rashida Tlaib had barely set foot in Congress for the first time when she came out with a vulgarism targeted at the President of the United States. I don’t need to repeat it here, it has been widely circulated, with surprisingly little condemnation.

Condemnation has become the rule for what is currently defined as “Hate Speech,” but vulgarity has become the rule, and as far as I can tell, is never discouraged or condemned. Anything that can be categorized as “Hate Speech”is a different matter entirely. We have a neighborhood website that posts stuff neighbors have to give away, sell, ask for recommendations for services from doctors to waste hauling, and to complain about anything and everything related to our city and community.

Recently someone posted about “Hate Speech” in reference to something that had appeared on her driveway. Eventually a photo of the offending piece appeared, and today an article about the “neo-nazi flyers” appeared in the little local “newspaper” that exists for local advertising, that gets tossed in our driveway. The picture reveals that the “neo-nazi” hate speech turns out to be “Better Dead than Red”, a slogan left over from the Cold War, which is pretty thoroughly outdated.  (Have our younger people ever heard of the Cold War?)

Great uproar, Police called, many times. Don’t know what the police did, probably nothing, but they could possibly get the perpetrator for littering.The distributor apparently gets a kick out of alarming suburban housewives over nothing at all.

College campuses, however,  seem to be hotbeds for calling things “hate speech”as they reject conservative speakers or anyone who disagrees with their ideas, often by rioting. Note: you may not, in an educational institution set aside and dedicated to education and history, say anything with which the inmates might disagree. This is an alarming situation that needs to be challenged with a hefty dose of common sense, and perhaps a little history.

We do need some common sense here, and to stop trying to deprive a person of a job or livelihood because of something they said. If a comedian says something truly offensive to you, don’t buy a ticket to his or her next performance, but lighten up. Tell the vulgarians to knock it off! Tell them their language is not acceptable.

But let’s not go all overboard. People are only human, and when angered apt to say things they may later regret. You have undoubtedly done that yourself, I certainly have.

We have real disagreements between our political parties, and solutions need to be worked out. Study up. Learn about the issues. Write to your Congressional representatives. Congressional representatives whether in the House or Senate, need to know what their constituents are worried about. They will not know unless they hear from you. And they need to know that they have constituents who don’t like what they are doing. It’s called representative democracy.

Here’s Obama’s Border Patrol Chief, Who Supports Trump’s Wall by The Elephant's Child

You may have noticed that not many politicians seem to be interested in talking to the people who actually are responsible for manning the border, and keeping those who are not obeying the law out. Odd, but fairly typical. It might also be interesting to see how many of our very vocal politicians have actually been to the border, talked to the Border Patrol and to the people who live and work along the border.

I don’t think that the Angel Moms who have lost children to illegals had any more luck in meeting with Senator Schumer than they did with Speaker Pelosi. I suspect that neither Pelosi nor Schumer have ever been to the border. Our Border with Canada is more of a problem for Canadians, as our illegal aliens try to move on North, and the Canadians don’t like it. 

Nancy Pelosi and Today’s News, Such As It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, newly installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote to the president today to rescind her January 3 invitation for him to address Congress on January 29th, as has been traditional for the State of the Union speech to the Congress and the nation. Her excuse for her embarrassing action was that the partial government shutdown meant a lack of available security for the occasion.

“This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics and security of it. Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown. The president’s shutdown. But that isn’t the point. The point is security,… [It’s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands.”

Ooops. Multiple reports indicated that the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both rejected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stated reason.

Peter Alexander responded:

Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the , a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc.
“It’s a no-fail mission,” the official says.
Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed.

We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said.

Speaker Pelosi may have noticed that the speech promises to be a little testy. A Large group of Angel Moms, mothers who have lost children to illegal aliens attempted to address Speaker Pelosi at her office this morning, but were turned away as she doesn’t want to hear them or talk to them. And she has just refused to give the President a single dime for any border wall.

After ignoring the Angel Moms, the Senate Democrats held a rally on the Capitol steps with poster-size pictures of (not those killed by illegal aliens) but government workers who are suffering unknown tragedy and deprivation because of the government shutdown (the longest shutdown ever, as soon as it extended for a day longer than the last one — Obama’s when he shut down national parks and all the monuments in Washington D.C., you probably remember the elderly vets flown to the Capitol to get a look at the World War II memorial that celebrated their service in the war, many old and infirm.

From today’s news:

Eight-Time Deportee Accused of Trafficking $850,000 in Meth, Cocaine”

“Border rancher; “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal”

“The remains of 127 dead migrants were found in Southern Arizona in 2018”

“Largest Group of Illegal Aliens (400) Enters Yuma Sector”

“Accidental Opioid Deaths Top Car Accident Deaths For the First Time”

and that’s just today….

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