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Trump Derangement Syndrome Strikes Again by The Elephant's Child

The arguments continue in Congress. Witnesses or no witnesses, and who. Democrats want what they think might be in John Bolton’s new book, which is currently being officially checked out for classified material. If witnesses are allowed, Republicans are going to want to hear from Hunter Biden and Joe Biden. Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, reportedly paid Hunter Biden 38 monthly payments of $83,333.00  each, while his father led Obama’s policy for Ukraine, which seemed interesting because Hunter did not speak the language, had no expertise in energy, and no applicable experience whatsoever.

Democrats don’t seem to want to hear from the Bidens. Possibly because any such investigation might cause voters to wonder about their own senators and representatives, and their outside activities and income, and the extent to which they are enriching family and friends. We really do want and expect our elected representatives to be honest and responsible, because we, the taxpayers, are paying their hefty salaries.

Scott Johnson, an attorney, pointed out that the House Impeachment report which was brought by Jerrold Nadler as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is widely described as a 658 page document, but the report linked by NBC News runs to 298 pages which Michael Tracy of Real Clear Politics has actually read.

In his RealClearPolitics column “Democrats’ Dubious Impeachment Subtext of Treason,” Tracey extracts the leading motif of the Democrats’ case against Trump.

Based on his reading of the report, Tracey observes that “these impeachment articles were never strictly about punishing Trump for mentioning Joe Biden on a phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. That’s the popular bite-sized depiction of Trump’s purported wrongdoing, but by the House Judiciary Committee’s own telling, the scope of their impeachment went far beyond just that one narrow allegation — and is fraught with highly ideological assumptions that have so far gone largely ignored.”

What’s it all about? We have here the continuation of the theme of the old Russia hoax wine in a new bottle: Trump has “betray[ed] the nation.”

What does this mean, exactly? The Judiciary Committee report helpfully provides a definition of the relevant terms. In a section describing what they believe constitutes “impeachable treason,” the Democratic majority writes, “At the very heart of ‘Treason’ is deliberate betrayal of the nation and its security.”

Oh Please! Tracey notes that Trump has effectively been impeached for treason, but those who drafted the report noticed that inserting the word “treason” into the text might be a little bit controversial. Instead they just insinuate it, and somewhere deep in the 658 pages, do confirm that they are charging the president with treason in supporting materials that few will ever read.

They have gone so far around the bend that they ought to be committed. Schiff kept talking about “Russia” but nobody understood why. President Trump was trying to make sure the Ukrainians were free of any Russian invasion. How they get “treason” out of that, is something only Democrats deeply infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome could come up with.

So that’s the state of affairs until tomorrow.



The Wonderful Moment When The Dems Are Attacked by Their Own Words by The Elephant's Child

Scott Johnson posted this at Powerline blog. Those wonderful moments when the enemy’s words come back to attack them right where it hurts! Scott said:

If there is anything in the sordid impeachment saga that is laugh out loud funny, the video compiled for White House Counsel Pat Cippolone’s closing argument on behalf of President Trump in the Senate this afternoon might be it . In the video somebody seems to have opened the door of the Dem clown car — the car carrying the once and future Dem clowns — and sent them out to perform. On Twitter Mollie Hemingway notes: “The laughter at the end is from Senators…”

Quotable quote (Chuck Schumer): “I expect history will show we’ve lowered the bar on impeachment…My fear is that when a Republican wins the White House, Democrats will demand payback.”



Impeachment, Impeachment, Russians, Russians, Russians by The Elephant's Child

The Impeachment Circus goes on — and on. What is one to make of it?  Democrats were outraged when Donald Trump became the nominee of the Republican Party. They were on a roll. They had just elected the first black man as President of the United States for a second term, and now they were going to elect the first woman president. These things, the “firsts” are very important to Democrats. They are good people, breaking down barriers, and the “firsts” prove what good people they are.— doing the right thing for the country.

Hillary was well qualified. She had been First Lady, and First Lady of Arkansas too. Then she was Secretary of State, so she was pretty much a shoo-in. But Donald Trump! They were sure that he could not possibly win. Conservatives remembered the Arkansas cattle-futures thing. And the silly lie over the plane spiraling in to avoid being shot down, when there were little girls with flowers waiting on the tarmac. And Benghazi. We knew Hillary was a compulsive liar, and that she drinks too much. Maybe not a shoo-in. But none of these things mattered to the Democrats, or at least they did not overrule the awfulness of Donald Trump. Weird hair, weird Queens accent, unthinkable. They were so sure of themselves that they were completely astounded when Trump won the election, and have been denigrating the Electoral College ever since. Elizabeth Warren just announced that she would get rid of it, first thing! Few on the Left have read the Constitution with enough understanding to know why it is there, in any case.

I think they decided on impeachment the day he was elected. They didn’t care what the grounds were to be, he just had to be gotten rid of. So that’s where we are. There is a video floating around of Adam Schiff saying Russia, Russia, Russia over and over, but I haven’t been able to find it again. It puts the whole thing in proper perspective. They have no sense of President Trump’s accomplishments. They’re not interested anyway. They don’t care about the economy. They care about power, and control. So they can make things go the right way, with the right people in charge, ensuring their continuing control, and ability to make the laws to control the other people out there — us. The Wall Street Journal today titles an article about impeachment “And Congress Shall Be King: The House claims it, and only it, can define executive privilege” Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Thursday summed up the case for ousting President Trump this way:

“Simply stated, impeachment is the Constitution’s final answer to a President who mistakes himself for a king.” Which brings us to the case Democrats made Friday for their second article of impeachment charging “obstruction of Congress.” This would make Congress a king.

The remarkable House claim is that Mr. Trump violated the Constitution because he dared to resist Congressional subpoenas. He cited executive privilege to direct nine “vital” Administration officials not to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.

“President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ vested by the Constitution in the House of Representatives,” the House declares in its impeachment resolution.

The Editorial Board’s response to that:

Shorter version: The House has the unilateral power to define executive privilege, and a President has no constitutional authority to resist. If he does resist, the House can throw him out of office.

That all sums up pretty much what is going on, without the need to listen to the painful long drawn out arguments.  The Journal added that this is contrary to the design and intention of the Constitution’s separation of powers which establishes 3 co-equal branches. Also contrary to any notion of Congress’ subpoena power and a president’s ability to protect his power and deliberate with his advisers. Also contrary to Supreme Court precedents. But I imagine we haven’t heard the last of this.

The senators had a couple of hundred pounds of Hershey’s and a bunch of Fitbits to play with to pass the time. WSJ pointed out usefully that impeachments set precedents even when they result in an acquittal as this one probably will do. The real object was to screw up the 2020 election to the extent possible. They just don’t seem all that excited by their own candidates. It should get more exciting when we get to their convention. At least the two billionaires will liven it up, though they don’t seem to have much else besides a lot of money. I don’t really get what the Russians are supposed to have done, except possibly stolen Hillary’s computer contents, whatever good that would do them.



Jordan Peterson Takes on a Climate Activist! by The Elephant's Child
January 25, 2020, 1:26 am
Filed under: Politics

Jordan Peterson and Dennis Praeger in one video is a rewarding experience. Some very good ideas here.  Enjoy!



Trump’s Davos Speech About the U.S Economy by The Elephant's Child
January 21, 2020, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Here is President Donald Trump’s speech at Davos, explaining and extolling the booming economy in our country. Democrats, of course, sneer. The Left believes that you win votes by buying them with federal money, raised from the rich and big corporations. They are telling us currently that is what they intend to do, and what their gifts will do for us.

Unfortunately, they are either unaware or disinclined to be interested in the simple fact that the federal government has no money of its own, and raising money by sharply increasing the taxes on the rich and on big corporations will also cut back on economic activity. Slightly lowering everybody’s taxes, including business and corporations and even the rich, leaves them with more money to create, invest, grow, expand and hire. Those activities are what makes an economy grow and a society prosper.
The increased economic activity will mean that even with lowered tax rates, the federal government will see increased tax receipts.

Governments may be needed to pass the laws necessary to a functioning society, but they also have the tendency to believe themselves indispensable, that the members of the government are entitled to special favors, and enriching themselves and their families is simply what they deserve. So it’s necessary to keep a tight rein on government, just as they keep a tight rein on the people. Human nature is not always benevolent. An alert and informed public is necessary to keep everybody in line.



Sign Up, It’s Free! You’ll Learn Why Climate Panic is a Joke. by The Elephant's Child

Every weekend, I receive a report from SEPP (The Science and Environmental Policy Project) which tells about the goings-on in the environmental world. I am not, by any means a scientist of any kind, I was an English major, generally regarded as useless unless you are going to be a teacher. What an English major learns is how to read boring, tedious pieces, as well as sprightly interesting ones, so you find out smatterings of all sorts of stuff.

My take on the Environment is heavily influenced by the fact that I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, mostly outdoors (see above) have faced down and executed a rattlesnake, and killed large numbers of woodrats. Nasty critters. And climbed a lot of hills. The climate has been changing for millions of years.

When people started to become alarmed about the climate, or at least interested in radical claims, the federal government began to give out grants for those who were investigating the climate. Many professors in some science field suddenly became climate scientists and dreamed up a grant request. They knew, or quickly learned, how to apply for a grant.

A grant meant new equipment, maybe an assistant, prestige! Being the recipient of a federal grant meant that you were being taken seriously and they were interested in the work of your mind and your equipment. Heady stuff.

With new funding, they quickly borrowed computer programs for forecasting the future from Wall Street, They entered what was known about the climate, which wasn’t really very much, and some intelligent guesses, and a lot of iffy prognostications and some suppositions, and tried to start making the future come out the other end of their programs. So we had the “hockey stick” from Michael Mann which showed the climate slowly climbing, and then suddenly shooting up. Well, worldwide panic.

Then they found that the official thermometers around the world were often located next to an air-conditioner exhaust, or next to a trash burner, or located where concrete walls all around radiated heat onto the thermometer. In cities there was a heat-island effect.

The complete TWTW (the week that was) report can be downloaded at this website: http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm… And you can sign up to get it in your email once a week, as well.

Yes it’s slightly hard reading at first, but you’ll get used to the jargon, and enjoy the straightforward approach. Do visit www.drroyspencer.com. Dr. Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville runs the satellite program that measures the temperatures of the earth for NASA, along with Dr. John Christy. And add Climate Depot and Anthony Watts at https://wattsupwiththat.com. With a good percentage of the world convinced that the earth is ending in just 10 or 12 years, we need more informed people out there.

President Trump will get a good dose of climate panic at Davos this week.



There Was a Women’s March, I’m Not Sure What For. by The Elephant's Child

Well, the Women had another march. This one seemed to be more about impeaching President Trump than about feminine complaints. But we always knew it was a bunch of Democrats anyway. As usual, they left behind a big mess of signs and snacks for somebody else to clean up.

What it proved, once again, is that this bunch of women do not do their homework. By this, I mean that they are not keeping up with current events and their meaning. There are more women working today that ever before in history, and actually more women working than men. And that indeed is Donald Trump’s fault.

They carried signs, mostly vulgar, and demanded that he stop taking away the female ability to terminate their unborn children, so they could continue to have sexual fun without worrying about preventing a pregnancy. Very big on calling him a fascist, clearly without any understanding of what fascism is. The only thing they seem to be protesting about is the right to a free abortion.  Last time I looked, birth control was generally pretty available, in one form or another.

Seattle is not having their Womxn’s march until March 8, 2020 which is apparently International Womxn’s Day. So there you go, if you marched in New York or Chicago or Washington D.C. on a cold January day, you can march again out here if you want. Personally, though female, I don’t get it. I have complaints, of course, but they are more in the league of being human. Nobody said it was all easy being human.

I was going to include a picture of the women marching, but My computer ? said that they couldn’t post that kind of picture? Interesting. I assume it’s more a political reason than a reluctance to show the extreme vulgarity demonstrated by marching women.




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