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Let’s Hear It for the Goats! by The Elephant's Child

California is still burning up. Most of the fires seem to have been caused by sparking of power lines, and PG&E is under attack, and may go under. Except by former California Governor Jerry Brown who went on to Face the Nation to pointedly explain that the fires are directly caused by Donald Trump and the Republicans because of their opposition to drastic climate change policies.

Fortunately the Republicans at the Ronald Reagan Library explained how it should work. They brought in a herd of goats back in May to graze the area and dispose of tinder dry weeds and underbrush. It’s called forest management.

President Trump is to be in California on Saturday to honor the fire crews who worked so hard to save lives and towns in the Camp Fire in Butte County, the most destructive fire in California history.

Brown joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday on a tour of areas in and around the Butte County town of Paradise that were devastated by the Camp Fire. At least 71 people were killed in the blaze and more than 11,000 structures burned. The number of people reported missing since the blaze jumped to 1,011 on Friday as crews continue searching for bodies in the wreckage.

Three people have died in the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The blaze has destroyed 616 structures. Newsom has toured both the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire in recent days, saying he was “in awe of the strength and resilience” of the survivors and thankful to first responders.

Forest fires are not caused by global warming. Hurricanes and earthquakes are not caused by global warming, nor are tornadoes, and forcing Americans to buy electric cars (Chuck Schumer’s latest bright idea), would be a disaster. The climate is actually cooling slightly, as the sun has entered a low sunspot phase.

Victor Davis Hanson who is a 3rd or 4th generation Californian writes plaintively Is California Becoming Premodern?” I lived in California for too many years, and was glad to leave. California has the worst poverty rate in the country, and Silicon Valley is having big arguments over whether they should allow Republican campaign ads at all. We are harassed ever day by what some faded movie celebrity had to say in an attempt to revive a career. It simply shows the paucity of news reporters efforts to grasp what is happening in today’s world. Way too much of what somebody whose name we might recognize said, and way too little of what their research has shown. (because they didn’t do any.)



AAAARGH!!! by The Elephant's Child

Forgive me, but I want to rant a bit! I HATE PASSWORDS! I did business with this outfit two or three years ago, wrote down the password in my little password notebook, but it seems that is not actually my password, because (???) it doesn’t work. Well, then, they have my special verification clues, which apparently is the name of my best man or matron of honor at my wedding a couple hundred years ago. But that doesn’t work, and which one did they want — male or female, They don’t accept either one. So we start all over with sending codes and emails and new passwords. Supposedly I gave then the name of my “favorite author” as a verification back in the distant past. Favorite author? I was an English major, I do not now or ever have favorite authors. It depends on what I just read and whether I liked it or not, and I read all the time. And all this was for a very unimportant $10.00 purchase.

Does anyone else have this difficulty with passwords and verification? Or is it a universal complaint? Didn’t some federal person just become a laughingstock recently because his password was “password”? Oh do, please, tell me your horror stories so I won’t feel so alone in my rage.



Now We Have to Offer “Refuge” To Those Displaced By a Changing Climate! by The Elephant's Child

From Breitbart:

Democrat legislators have drafted a bill to import at least 50,000 “climate refugees” per year despite the damaging impact on Americans’ wages and rents.

“America will continue to stand tall as a safe haven for immigrants,” declared Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), who was born in Puerto Rico and chairs the House Committee on Small Business. She said:

Despite this Administration’s efforts to strip the world’s most vulnerable populations of refuge … this legislation will not only reaffirm our nation’s longstanding role as a home to those fleeing conflict and disasters, but it will also update it to reflect changes to our world brought on by a changing climate.

The bill is titled the “Climate Displaced Persons Act,” and it offers green cards to “climate-displaced persons … [who] are individuals who have been forcibly displaced by climate change or climate-induced disruptions, such as sea-level rise, glacial outburst floods, desertification or fires … there could be as many as 200 million CDPs by 2050 globally,” said a statement from Velázquez‘s office.

Doesn’t anybody on the Left side of the aisle do their homework? Study up, so they know what they are talking about? There are certainly those who have been displaced and lost everything because of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Japan has just suffered under a massive earthquake and a typhoon. But these are not climate related events. If your house is built on a known earthquake fault, you might think about moving. Hurricanes are not climate related

This is supposed to be a “humanitarian”program separate from the U.S. refugee admissions program. It would admit a minimum of 50,000 Climate Displaced Persons (CDP) beginning in 2020. The President would be granted authority to “promote resilience among communities facing the impacts of climate change, The Secretary of State must devise a Global Climate Resilience position responsible for all federal efforts to address the effects of events caused by climate change.

There are no “Climate Refugees”. The climate has been changing for millions of years. It has been warmer in the past, and it has been cooler in the past, much warmer and cooler than it is today.

The United States first responsibility is to its citizens, not to those who think they might like it better here. If you want to come to America, go to your nearest consulate and apply, and wait your turn. If you need to fix up your country, figure out what is wrong and enlist others to help fix it. America currently has the finest economy the world has ever known. You might think that some of the discontented might try to find out just what Capitalism is, and why it works, instead of plotting to destroy Capitalism so they can have the kind of economy extolled by the worst mass murderers in the history of the world.



A Little Humor Can Punish or Deflate. A Good Sense of Humor is a Blessing. by The Elephant's Child

After President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, the Washington Post quickly came up with an unfortunate obituary. The Post’s headline for its obituary, apparently the second attempt was: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48. The Post is pretty political, but who would have believed they could come up with this gem? It has produced mockery across the internet. (They apparently had it better in the first place with “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-‘Chief”) Everybody that writes is out there re-writing obituaries for all the great villains of history.

David Burge: (Iowa Hawk) “Adolph Hitler, Austrian vegan activist and landscape painter dies at 56.

John Noonan: “Osama Bin Laden, spiritual leader and architect of lower Manhattan urban revitalization projects, dead at 54.”

Levi Gilbian: “Jeffrey Dahmer, amateur chef with a flair for exotic cuisine, dies at 34.

Stung by the mockery, the Washington Post switched its obituary headline to a third version. “Abu Bakr Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State dies at 48” But then they go on to describe his background:

From his teens, he was fascinated with Islamic history and the intricacies of Islamic law. Acquaintances would remember him as a shy, nearsighted youth who liked soccer but preferred to spend his free time at the local mosque.

“He always had religious or other books attached on the back of his bike,” Tariq Hameed, an acquaintance from the same lower-middle-class neighborhood, told a Newsweek interviewer in 2014. The young Ibrahim disdained the Western clothes popular with Sammara young men, preferring the traditional prayer cap, beard and white dishdasha robe of the religiously devout, neighbors said.
He graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1996 and received a master’s degree in Koranic recitation from the Saddam University for Islamic Studies in 1999. Immersing himself in the arcane world of 7th-century religious codes, he grew increasingly conservative. Acquaintances remembered how the college-age Mr. Baghdadi took offense at the sight of men and women dancing in the same room during wedding celebrations.

Power Line noted that at approximately the same time when special forces were killing al-Baghdadi, Saturday Night Live was airing a sketch claiming that President Trump has been a boon to ISIS.

Sounds like most everybody got the mocking they deserved.



Is The Coming Climate Change Cooling, And a New Ice Age? by The Elephant's Child

Here’s another piece of interest from the same website “Watts Up With That?” : “The Real Climate Crisis is Not Global Warming, It is Cooling, And it May Have Already Started” The warming theory depends a lot on the rise in the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere which is up. But CO2 is a natural fertilizer for plants, and the planet is greening with the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so much so that the greening can be seen from space, and crops are bountiful and feeding hungry people. Greenhouses pump in additional CO2 to benefit their plants to as much as 1,000 ppm, and we don’t notice any dead nurserymen from the poisonous gasses. CO2 is not a pollutant, not a dangerous gas, but what we exhale each time we breathe.

Ice Ages are very bad, on the other hand. Greta Thunberg had her facts wrong, and subjecting a child to all that hullabaloo is a form of child abuse.



Dr. Roy Spencer on Chaotic Climate Change and the IPCC by The Elephant's Child

1695 Winter Landscape: Snowfall near Antwerp by Lucas van Valckanborch

An interesting article by Dr. Roy Spencer reposted at Watts Up With That? Dr. Spencer is wondering if there is a preferred average state for the climate, and the variations gather around the average. That idea seems to guide the IPCC scientists who write the reports which guide international energy policy on fossil fuel use. They construct their climate models so that the models do not produce any warming or cooling unless they are forced to through increasing anthropogenic greenhouse gases, aerosols or volcanic eruptions.

What I’d like to discuss here is NOT whether there are other ‘external’ forcing agents of climate change, such as the sun. That is a valuable discussion, but not what I’m going to address. I’d like to address the question of whether there really is an average state that the climate system is constantly re-adjusting itself toward, even if it is constantly nudged in different directions by the sun.

If there is such a preferred average state, then the forcing-feedback paradigm of climate change is valid. In that system of thought, any departure of the global average temperature from the Nature-preferred state is resisted by radiative “feedback”, that is, changes in the radiative energy balance of the Earth in response to the too-warm or too-cool conditions. Those radiative changes would constantly be pushing the system back to its preferred temperature state.

If you have an interest in things climate, it’s an interesting read. Also, keep in mind that President Trump just got us out of the Paris Peace Accords, which would have done nothing at all to remedy anything about the climate, but would have shipped a lot of American funds off to the world’s poorer states.

Dr. Spencer adds:

It is clear that the UN IPCC, by its very charter, is primarily focused on human-caused climate change. As a result of political influence (related to the desire of governmental regulation over the private sector) it will never seriously address the possibility that long-term climate change might be part of nature. Only those scientists who are supportive of this anthropocentric climate view are allowed to play in the IPCC sandbox.

It’s an interesting read, and exposes some of the uncertainties under which our climate scientists operate. The comments following are interesting as well, as the Watts Up With That? readers are interested and have their own opinions.



The 20 Best Halloween Movies EVER! by American Elephant
October 27, 2019, 2:13 am
Filed under: Politics

American Elephants

It’s that time of year again! October is here, the weather has turned crisp if not downright cold, the days are markedly shorter, and the grocery stores are already bursting with candy, caramel apples and pumpkins.

Fall has arrived and Halloween is almost upon us.

I love Halloween. Witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Carving pumpkins, trick or treating on foggy nights. (Okay, I haven’t gone trick or treating in ages, but I do like to go all out on the house.) I’ve just never out-grown my love for the fun of Halloween.

And there have always been certain movies that to me are “Halloween movies” — not necessarily because they’re scary (Friday the 13th and Jaws are among the most popular horror movies ever, for example, but what do a killer fish at the beach and a madman at summer camp have to do with Halloween?) — but because they…

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Victor Davis Hanson on “The Case For Trump” by The Elephant's Child

This was first posted in May, this year. I think it’s time to review it once again, because there is so much here and it is so valuable. Please watch the whole thing, you’ll be glad you did. It’s a long conversation, but you can spread it out over several days if need be.



Democrat Race-Baiters Struggle to Reach New Lows! by The Elephant's Child

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I suspect the Democrats are particularly worried at present about the black vote. President Trump’s economy has meant not only millions of Americans no longer needing food stamps, but near record employment for American blacks. Even kids are getting good jobs. In the midst of all this success, the conversation seems to be more than ever about race.

Politicians backgrounds are being examined under a magnifying glass to find any evidence of anybody wearing blackface — ever. No matter how long ago, nor under what circumstances. Just this last week, President Trump – who is admittedly not always delicate in his choice of words – but very fed up with the attacks from the press, tweeted that the impeachment inquiry was like a “lynching.” Of course the blogosphere and the airwaves erupted in partisan rage. How dare he appropriate a term that spoke of past horrors of American politics so casually. Outrage! Teeth Gnashings! And with only a few minutes digging, it turns out most Democrats have used the term, and fairly frequently at that.

But try to recall just how many politicians or elites have been found to have worn blackface at some point in the past. Every public remark that can be twisted a little to become a “racist remark” has been so twisted. Racial prejudice is at an all-time low, and the accusations of “White supremacy” are at an all-time high. In Chancellorsville, President Trump made a remark about the divide between people who wanted to tear down Confederate monuments and people who wanted to preserve them, as good people on each side and the whole thing was  twisted by the partisan press into a racist remark, which it was not. I lost two great (GG?) uncles on each side of the Civil War, and have a shortage of cousins as a result.

People who should know better go on at great length about “white supremacy”, yet I have never in my entire life seen or heard anyone seem aware of or interested in any such thing.  Since it is Halloween season, and a time for costume parties, costumes are regarded with intense interest to determine what it is that they “really” represent. It frankly does not seem to be Conservatives who are trying to make everything about race. “Reparations” are in style once again, as an obvious policy response to America’s “original sin of slavery and exploitation of African Americans”. It is hard for today’s Americans to realize that at the very beginning of our nation, slavery was pretty much the norm around the world, and people sold themselves into indentured servitude to get to America. Most of the Atlantic slave trade went to the Sugar Islands or South America, not to the United States.

No amount of penance can absolve the white man of the sins perpetuated against black humanity. This is the crux of critical race theory. There can never be appeasement.

Democrats are terrified that Black Americans will be grateful for low unemployment and plentiful jobs, even for young people, and recognize that the benefits came from the Trump economy. So Democrats are pulling out all the stops and trying to make the election all about race rather than about plentiful jobs, and a growing economy.

Bed, Bath and Beyond tried to get a little ahead in the celebration of Halloween and ghosts and ghoolies with some nice traditional pumpkins, updated.

Halloween comes in two colors, orange and black with a little white thrown in for ghosts and ghoolies. Orange jack 0’lanterns and black cats are fine, but an original twist must be “racist?” A one-minute search turned up this page.

The NAACP got involved in this one, at a law firm in Nyack, New York.  Bed Bath and Beyond quickly changed their pictures. Who Knew the extent of the Democrat Party’s rush to label anything and everything “racist” in their search for votes could extend so far. Mellow out people! No racial animosity intended.  Have a Happy Halloween, Carve your pumpkins in a traditional manner, or try something new. Who knows what that will turn up?



The Unrecognized Perils of Running For the Presidency by The Elephant's Child

You have probably noticed that people who have run unsuccessfully for the presidency of the United States don’t fade quietly away after their unsuccessful run. Immediate example is, of course, Hillary. She seems to have convinced herself that she actually won the election, and through some nefarious trickery, the horrid Trump got the nod, but he didn’t actually win. Everybody cheated, including the now famous “Deplorables.”

Hillary is not alone. Mitt Romney is now in the news for his secret Twitter account where he is accused of being a Twitter ‘Lurker’ under the name “Pierre Delecto” for keeping up with the news. I think if you have seriously competed and lost, you are bound to look at each new event with the consideration of how you would have handled it and what you would have done, and how much better your ideas are. Human nature. I think it extends to those who dropped out early as well.

Every act of a new president will be put under a magnifying device, and certainly Donald Trump has had more nay-sayers than most. Past presidents will feel they have the authority to chime in, and of course present events may suggest the correctness (or not) of their actions in office. Lots of people are suggesting that Hillary may jump in at the last minute.  We’ll see. Wouldn’t take much to convince her that she should.



What is a Fact? Who Says So? Do We Need Fact Checkers? Who Checks Them? by The Elephant's Child

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We seem to be living in a world where nothing is quite the same as it is supposed to be. Ulterior motives, political beliefs, political goals, our view of the world, our understanding of right and wrong, good and evil, true and false. Our news media is failing in its assigned task of informing the public about what is going on, to such an extent that the President of the United States is reduced to calling them “fake news”, and unfortunately, he is correct. They speak and write from a partisan viewpoint.

Susan Crockford is a zoologist who is the world’s greatest expert on polar bears. I posted her State of the Polar Bear Report for 2017 in March last year. Now we find that this accomplished scientist has been stripped of her Adjunct  Professor role by Canada’s  University of Victoria. The problem?
She promotes facts and doesn’t go along with climate activism. When the matter was last considered, the committee voted unanimously in her favour. What changed? Talks she was invited to give to schools in which she probably assured the kids that “the polar bears were just fine and thriving“ generated concern among parents regarding balance.” That concern was “shared with various levels of the university,” according to an April 2017 e-mail from Ann Stahl, then chair of the Anthropology Department.

These vague accusations, leveled by an unknown number of unknown individuals who may or may not have been garden variety climate activists, were first used to expel Crockford from the UVic Speakers Bureau. They then became the impetus to expel her from the UVic academic community altogether. Climate activists come in several guises. Some have become convinced that the climate crisis is a real thing, and we have to do something or the earth is going to end in just a few short years. That’s Greta Thunberg, 16 year-old from Sweden, who just missed getting a Nobel Peace Prize, because someone who actually did something about world peace received it instead.

On the other hand, you have Christiana Figueres, who was
executive secretary of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change who admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity—but to destroy capitalism. She said, in early February 2015 in Brussels:

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that she was entering the 2020 presidential race, during a snowstorm, because it is a known fact that “climate change is happening.” Well yes, dumb statement. The climate has been changing for millions of years, that does not make it an emergency.

The “Justice Democrats” announced the “Green New Deal” back in March. It is an ignorant pack of lies which some people having not done their homework of studying up, belieeeeved. And it’s still going on. Jane Fonda, as always on the wrong side of an issue, got herself arrested in a DC Climate Protest, claiming that she had been a “climate scientist” for years. Elizabeth Warren is calling for “environmental justice” a transition to the clean energy outlined in the “Green New Deal”. No, the Green New Deal will not provide millions of new jobs, and eliminating fossil fuels would put the economy into an enormous recession. Just do your homework and study up. Find out who are our most respected climate scientists and listen to them.

ADDENDUM: Don’t miss what actually happened here. World’s expert on polar bears visits a school, tells the kids that the polar bears are just fine and multiplying and thriving. Kids go home, tell parents that polar bears are just fine, and mommies get all upset because it doesn’t jibe with their own panic about a dying earth, complain to the university, which fires famous scientist. 2019: Planet Earth.



What We’ve Been Reading Today! by The Elephant's Child

From Newt Gingrich, at the Fox News Network:

“Bye Democratic Party–You’re being Transformed into an anti–American engine of radical change.”

Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate was one more reminder that we are living through the death of the Democratic Party. It is being replaced by a new Democratic-Socialist Party.

Imagine that any candidate had agreed with President Barack Obama’s original 2008 position that “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

Or imagine that a candidate had defended ObamaCare as the solution to health care in America.

When the last two Democratic presidents can no longer be defended by the men or women hoping to become the next Democratic president, something profound has happened.

From PJ Media by Rick Moran:

 “Justice Party-Endorsed Candidate Thinks it’s a Great Idea to Disarm Police”

Jamaal Bowman, a candidate for Congress looking to defeat incumbent Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) has some unusual ideas on how to make his New York district safer—disarm the police.  uh huh.

From Fox News Network:

“Victor Davis Hanson: We’re finally discovering the ugly truth  about China and the harm it has caused”

In these times of near civil war, Americans agree on almost nothing. Yet sometime in 2019, almost all of America finally got “woke” on China.
For years, our leaders had yawned about Silk Road neo-imperialism in Africa and Asia, and gross abuses of human rights against Chinese religious minorities and political dissidents.

Almost every assumption Washington made, both by Democratic and Republican administrations, was logically flawed at best. And at worst, these calculations were a weird mix of conservative commercial greed, liberal political correctness and shared screwball naiveté.

From PJ Media:

“Court Strikes Down Obama Rule Forcing Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery”

On Tuesday, a district court judge struck down the Obama administration’s since defunct mandate forcing doctors to perform transgender surgery regardless of their religious convictions or conscientious objections. The mandate handed down by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ironically did not apply to Medicare and Medicaid or to military doctors because the government’s own research showed that transgender hormones and surgeries can be harmful.

From Fox News Network:

Andrew McCarthy: “The trivialization of impeachment is serious –– It has consequences that threaten liberty.”

Our system is based on a separation of powers, because liberty depends on preventing any component of the state from accumulating too much authority – that’s how tyrants are born. For the system to work, the components have to be able to check each other. The federal and state governments have to be able to check on each other.: The federal and state governments must respect their separate spheres, and the branches of the federal government must be able to rein in a branch that oversteps its authority.

The steady federal encroachment on state authority has created an imbalance that probably cannot be rolled back. I want to focus on the collapse of inter-branch checks in the federal government.

From Powerline :

Paul Mirengoff: “Doral, Here We Come”

“The next G-7 summit, which is due to be held in the U.S., will take place at Doral, the luxury resort Trump owns in Florida….
According to Mulvaney, Doral was added to the list of about a dozen facilities for consideration at Trump’s suggestion. The decision as to which facility on the list to select was made by a White House team after visiting and analyzing each facility.

Mulvaney said that Doral will host the G-7 at cost. In other words, Doral will make no profit off of the event. If the White House is true to its word, the participating nations, and presumably the media outlets that cover the conference, will save a fair amount of money.

Democrats and their media pals are blasting Trump for this decision. They have not demonstrated, however, that Doral will make money or that there was an available alternative facility that would have been as desirable as Doral in terms of accommodations, location, etc. … reporters complained that even if Doral does not make a profit, holding the G-7 there will enhance Trump’s “brand” or at least make it more visible. I doubt it. Trump’s brand is about as visible as it can get. The public’s view of the Trump brand – whether positive or negative –is surely fixed by now.




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