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At Least 5,800 “Fake Families” Have Been Found at the Border. by The Elephant's Child

We have an interesting disconnect here. Illegal immigration is a major concern for the American people, according to polls. Democrats, uniformly, seem to believe in open borders, Sanctuary Cities and states, and seem to believe that AOC’s  (always on camera) description of “concentration camps” for kids is quite accurate, or even if not accurate, — useful. They believe that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is a terrorist organization  and should be abolished. Democrats feature pictures of children in cages, left from the Obama administration as propaganda to show how awful the Border Patrol and anyone who dares to oppose illegal immigrants just flowing over the border is. This suggests that they believe the American people outside the hallowed halls of the nation’s capitol are so stupid they will believe any propaganda the Democrats choose to present.

On Tuesday, Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told a Senate Committee that 5,800 “fake families” have been discovered trying to enter the U.S. illegally this year.

“Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can’t get the information we’re probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?” Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) asked Morgan during a Senate Homeland Security hearing on the border crisis.

“With respect to family units, since March of this year, United States Border Patrol has been releasing family units directly so in some cases they’re being released in under 48 hours into the interior of the United States,” Morgan said.

Johnson replied, “Because it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to try and find facilities to hold them for 20 days with this overwhelming flow so instead of border patrol turning them over to ICE for a more thorough vetting process and then ICE releasing them, border patrol is doing it directly?”

We’ve written before about kids being circulated back and forth over the border to create a “family” out of illegals who have no kids. There’s a hefty charge for renting kids. Then there are children forced into the task and threatened to keep them obedient.

Democrats are anxious to make all things about the border an emotional affair, you are supposed to pity the poor children, care for the poor adults who just want to get into the country to make more money than they can make at home. Children are separated from their “parents” because the law does not allow children to be detained with their parents. They are required to be cared for separately, and they are well cared for.

The Border Patrol began testing DNA on April 30. They really don’t have time to determine if children are with their real parents or are victims of human trafficking.

AOC’s visit to the border and weeping photograph over an empty parking lot on the other side of the chain link fence, and her claims of “concentration camps” are meant to elicit pity and emotion. Congress needs to change some bad laws to help the Border Patrol deal with a monumental problem, but Democrats find the current situation much more useful.

ADDENDUM: Elizabeth Warren apparently claimed last night that there are “cages of babies” being held at the U.S.-Mexico border – despite there being no evidence whatsoever, no photos, no confirmation from others.

“What we can’t do is not live our values,” Warren said. “I’ve been down to the border, I have seen the mothers, I have seen the cages of babies. We must be a country that every day lives our values. And that means we cannot make it a crime when somebody comes here.”

While visiting a federal immigration facility in Los Fresnos, Texas, Warren spoke about adult border crossers being held in detention without the children they arrived with but did not mention seeing cages of babies.

They keep explaining and explaining that the law requires that children cannot be put in detention with their parents. They are place in non-detention facilities, treated well, taken to parks and entertained. If Democrats want children to remain with their (?) parents, they will have to change the law which they refuse to do. All pictures of children in cages are from the Obama administration, which did put them in cages.



Things Are Not Quite What They Seem! by The Elephant's Child

Do you have the subtle feeling that everything is just slightly or majorly off? Conrad Black’s latest column begins: “nowhere is the collapse of the Democratic Party as a coherent political organization more evident than in the astounding metamorphosis of Robert Mueller.

Mueller looked the part: tall, slender, slab-faced, jut-jawed, and unsmiling, all business, and no soft bonhomous weakness for anything but a thorough plumbing of the depths of Trump’s unutterable hucksterism, skullduggery, and larceny. The commentariat, though well gone in the saddle after their long incumbency as the country’s political sages, dressed for the part again and took to the airwaves with the smug confidence of veterans and the zest of those addicted to tearing down administrations they found distasteful.

Black, for those of you who don’t know him, is a long time Canadian newspaper magnate, and member of the British House of Lords. Good mind, and I try not to miss his columns.

Perish the thought of any of this pusillanimous bourgeois rubbish about impartiality! Trump was an interloper and he had to be sent packing with such finality that no one would dare interrupt the self-enriching slumbers of the political class for at least another century.

John Hinderaker at Powerline blog, writes about the Democrats “inability to explain the booming Trump economy — as a problem the Democrats have yet to solve. Democrats always want to run as though it is 1932 and their mission is to end a depression, but that is hard to do when employment is at record highs, wages are rising, and in general the economy is perhaps the strongest in American history. For the most part, the Democrats’ strategy has been to change the subject.” That seems to capture the situation precisely.

Maxine Waters has been screeching about impeachment from the day Mr. Trump was elected. and many Hollywood luminaries follow suit. What is it they want to impeach him for? What are the high crimes and misdemeanors? Who knows. They simply hate him with a seething rage, because?

Media Post reports that the Democrats are readying a social media campaign intended to convince Americans that hard times are here again: What?

Priorities USA, the biggest Democratic Party super PAC, wants to publish stories on social media that highlight people’s economic struggles. …

The goal is to unseat President Trump by targeting voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin that were critical to his 2016 victory. Priorities USA also will advertise in search results and create testimonial videos of people who feel left behind by the Trump economy, Politico reported.

So this is the way they intend to deal with the economy that is perhaps the strongest in American history? I wrote below about Big Tech’s efforts to control our elections, and Dr. Robert Epstein’s warnings. I am increasingly getting the feeling that there is a massive disconnect here. We are not speaking the same language. We do not share the same reality, nor the same beliefs. Running as if it is 1932 and the mission is to end a depression is not just a fanciful analogy.

Democrats believe firmly that Republican tax cuts go only to the rich and buy their votes. Poor people are helped with a big stimulus, or as FDR called it “pump-priming”. You raise taxes, especially on the rich, so you can do nice things for the poor and unfortunate. Doing nice things for the less fortunate proves that the givers are good people who care. Two economists at UCLA, Lee Ohanian and Harold Cole, established that FDR’s well-meaning efforts made the Great Depression about 7 years longer than it needed to be. That is not acceptable information for Democrats, they reject it utterly.

Many Republicans recognize the problem and have defined it as “Orange Man Bad,” but that makes it seem like just a joke, and they are quite deadly serious. Many have dropped out of the crusade after Robert Mueller’s ghastly performance, but not the majority. Hollywood denizens, still frothing at the mouth, continue to seek publicity every day to keep the crusade alive. In their world everyone who does not believe as they do is obviously a racist, homophobe, white supremacist and all around bad person. It is a serious battle, and we need to recognize what they are about. We have some very good people fighting for us — Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw, to mention only a few.

There’s an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” That may be about where we are.



Marc Morano Speaks at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley by The Elephant's Child

Here is Marc Morano with the speech he gave at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley —  a liberty minded group in California that talks back to the Silicon Valley Left. Marc Morano is the proprietor of the Climate Depot website, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, and a consistent voice of sanity in the troubled world that produces nonsense like “The Green New Deal,” which isn’t about the climate either, but just another attempt to destroy Capitalism. He has testified before Congress, made speeches all over the world, and made a movie about the climate as well.

It’s a fairly long speech, but worth every minute. It’s deeply important to understand the Climate Change Freakout, and what it is really about.



Excellent News Day. Here is Fox News Lou Dobbs to Explain by The Elephant's Child

The Wall is going to be built. Those who are attempting to apply for asylum will have to apply in the first country they come to, not trek across several countries to get to the U.S. Border. And that is Guatemala. And Trump has made a deal with Guatemala. Would be immigrants from Central America who have not applied to Guatemala for amnesty can be shipped right back.

The biggest blow will be to the open borders Democrats. We know why they want open borders, but President Trump is on the right side with this one and today is a major positive step.



The Earth’s Temperatures Are Just Fine: It’s Summer! by The Elephant's Child

You have surely heard the hype that claims the Earth’s temperatures are the highest in 2,000  years, and we have the current heat waves to prove it. Not to worry, it’s just summer. Happens every year. (From Climate Depot:)

Reality Check:



A Disaster for Democrats by The Elephant's Child

Interesting hearings today. They didn’t go quite as the Democrats had planned. And the consensus seems to be that it was a disaster for them and may have ended their pursuit of impeachment. We’ll see. I don’t expect they will give up easily.

Have you noticed that nobody seems to mention the extent to which President Trump cooperated with the investigation? He gave them everything they asked for, access to staff, his lawyer, papers, answered questions and complied cooperatively with the whole effort, though he did call it a “witch hunt” from time to time.

Lawrence Tribe, Harvard Law School, Lefty, wrote that: “the effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president  has been set back, not advanced.” That one startled me — “Save Democracy and the Rule of Law?” A little full of ourselves are we?  I continued on browsing, and discovered the same quote at InstaPundit. 422 other people were disturbed enough by Tribe’s statement to want to comment on it, quite a few angrily, some scatologically and many just wanted to tell Mr.Tribe where he could take his opinions.  Funny.



Is Big Tech Going to Control Our Elections? by The Elephant's Child

A very liberal professor warns that Google has manipulated voters,and can manipulate them far more in the 2020 election.

Dr, Robert Epstein explains what happened in the last election and the potential for Google to manipulate votes by manipulating search results. Scary.

When you need to search, use Duck Duck Go. They don’t track you.

Facebook has just been fined $5 billion, which is apparently the maximum the law allows, but is a drop in the proverbial bucket for Facebook which earned many more billions this last year.

Ted Cruz has been holding hearings on the misbehavior of Big Tech, and Congress is hearing plenty from their constituents. The monitoring of the citizenry in China is an alarming example of what is now possible, and what Big Tech knows about us is disturbing as well.

I don’t know that I have ever been aware before of business companies playing politics. not just in their advertising attempts, but actually getting into national politics. Apparently Conservatives are not welcome at Google, as James Damore showed us. And supposedly the rest of that bunch as well. One would think that they would know better, but apparently not. Write your congressperson if you are concerned. Congress does not as yet have a clear understanding of the public attitude nor understanding of what is going on.



Representative Devin NunesThrows Down the Gauntlet by The Elephant's Child

Representative Devin Nunes was Chairman of the Committee until the Democrats took over the majority at midterm. His introduction today clarifies the Republican position in this farce. He is very, very good, and I do hope the next election puts him back in place.



Thomas Sowell On the Myths of Economic Inequality by The Elephant's Child

It’s Sunday, so perhaps you have more time to watch a little longer intellectual discussion of capitalism and freedom from Thomas Sowell, brilliant as usual. A splendid commentary on the general conversation out there today.

Sowell discusses his early life as a high school dropout and his first full-time job as a Western Union messenger delivering telegrams. He admits to flirting with Marxism in his early twenties as he first tried to grapple with the housing inequality he saw across the neighborhoods of New York City. Marxism, he says, was the only explanation he could find at the time. He went on to serve in the Marine Corps before continuing his education in economics at Harvard and earning a master’s at Columbia and a PhD at the University of Chicago.

Sowell’s first job after his receiving his PhD in economics was working for the Department of Labor, and he says it was there that he realized Marxism was not the answer. He argues that the government has its own institutional interests in inequality that cannot be explained through Marxism. He began to be discouraged by Marxism and the government in general and began searching for better economic ideas and solutions (the free market).

Robinson and Sowell discuss Sowell’s written works, his ideas of racial and economic inequality, the state of the United States today, and much more.



How Does Innovation Happen? And Why? by The Elephant's Child

Have you noticed the extent to which Democrats operate on buying votes? They will give you this benefit, or this program, or this increase if you will just vote for them? The benefits, programs or increases  are all to be paid for by the taxpayers, supposedly by a law indicating that the government is supposed to give… — but the government has no money of its own so, when Bernie wants everyone to get at least $15 an hour, either the government will order all businesses to pay $15 to all their workers, or if the government is paying government workers, they will raise everybody’s taxes enough to cover the increase. (Those who are currently working in the Bernie for President campaign are complaining bitterly because they are not getting $15 for their labor) Which demonstrates what that is really all about.

Such a “benefit” is terrible for the economy, because many small restaurants don’t pay high wages, but workers make it up in tips, and go out of business when forced to comply. And beginning workers often aren’t worth much of anything as they learn slowly how to work. And some work just isn’t worth that much anyway.

Democrats simply cannot understand how cutting taxes and allowing people to keep a little more of their own money allows them to experiment, hire, invent, expand, and how that makes an economy grow. That idea is simply beyond their understanding. They never understood the Reagan revolution that produced a long economic boom, and they do not understand why cities and states run by Democrats somehow do not prosper to the extent expected.

Republican tax cuts, they firmly believe, only go to the rich and to corporate heads and people who own businesses, and the stupid Republicans should be giving big tax cuts to the poor instead. I guess those who grew up to become Democrats had a hard time with percentages in school.  It is hard to grasp that the only way we have to understand economics is by observing the transactions between people as relayed to us by the marketplace. The ordinary buying and selling that takes place. And the observed little miracles that happen when people are allowed to keep more of their own money to do with as they choose. To buy, sell or invent.

Freedom means more than just free speech or freedom of religion. Look at all the businesses that started just because somebody had an idea. Jeff Bezos thought he could sell books online. A couple of bicycle shop people thought they could build an airplane. Henry Ford thought there was a better way to put a car together and created the production line. And there is currently a gentleman who decided he could make better bed pillows by tearing up foam rubber into little pieces. I sleep soundly on one of them.

Tightly controlled societies don’t offer much opportunity for the ambitious. But America has garages and workshops all over the country where nascent businesses are being hatched. Where else in the world do you find “Go Fund Me” programs on the internet? Why does all that happen here, and not in the many countries that really, really need innovation and invention?

When FDR tried desperately to get us out of the Great Depression, he had no idea what to do, and settled on “pump-priming” or in the words of a more recent president, “stimulus”. Spending a lot of government money in the “right places” to get the economy moving. Two economists from UCLA, Lee Ohanian and Harold Cox, determined that FDR extended the Depression for seven years longer than if he had done nothing. The federal government has no money of its own. As far as that goes, city governments have no money of their own either.

It is interesting how many Democrats are quite sure that getting rid of Capitalism is the solution. Keep in mind that that is the goal of the climate change movement.



Pure Partisan Politics. God Bless the USA. by The Elephant's Child

When we elect a president, we are not electing him to be “the most important man in the world” or any of the other encomiums  which an American president sometimes receives. We are electing someone to manage the economy and our international affairs. And I find myself remarkably happy with a booming economy, full employment, fewer folks needing food stamps. Some Republicans are worrying about the national debt, but apparently haven’t noticed that Trump is working on reducing the cost of government in the long term, by reducing the size of government. He is moving the Department of Agriculture to the center of agricultural America in Kansas, where they are close to the people they serve instead of the residents of the capitol. Ditto for the Bureau of Land Management, which is to be moved to Colorado. The agency does not manage any land in Washington D.C.

Democrats are quick to suggest that the employees may not like leaving the amenities of the Capitol — to which one can only guess that may be part of the reason for agencies that are way too big and too comfortable. Housing will be cheaper, the cost of living will be cheaper. A trip to see what the problems of those you serve really are – will be a short drive instead of a long airplane journey. President Trump has reportedly asked all of the federal agencies to take a hard look at their advisory councils to see if they really need all of those advisors. If he succeeds in reducing the flow of illegal aliens, that will result in vast savings for the economy as well. If the Democrats would help in getting control of our borders instead of pushing for more illegals to illegally vote Democrat in our elections, and boost their representation in Congress by getting counted in the Census — that would help too.



Democrats Have Become Wild-Eyed Extremists! by The Elephant's Child

Elizabeth Warren  has reportedly been looking for ways to “establish her anti-Israel credentials with progressives who have come to see the destruction of the Jewish state as a non-negotiable cause.” And found it in targeting GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy, and hiring  anti-Israel radical Max Berger as an aide.

Berger helped to found the IfNotNow organization that has devoted itself to damaging Israel’s reputation in the United States in the guise of seeking an end to Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem. Pay no attention to Palestinian terrorism. Berger has previously said on Twitter that he “would totally be friends with Hamas” the Sunni Islamist fundamentalist group that engages in terror. This is a way to get support from radical anti-Israel groups? Well, so much for Ms Warren.

Look up Israel’s gifts to the world. The list is extensive. Did you know that we have cherry tomatoes (which have way better flavor that the ordinary tomatoes I get at the store) thanks to an Israeli kibbutz? Look for the Palestinian gifts to the world. Crickets.

I had no idea that the Democrat Party was so anti-Israel, nor why. Is it part of their weird Trump Derangement? Or have they always been bigots? They want to get rid of the private health insurance that covers 250 million Americans. They want to decriminalize illegal alien entry into this country. They want to provide health coverage to undocumented immigrants. They want open borders. The worst-run states in the country are run by Democrats. (Our Washington State Governor ranked dead last in fiscal management of his stat by the CATO Institute’s survey last year.) Democrat run cities are a mess. There’s a reason for that.




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