American Elephants

The Westernmost Edge of the Border between San Diego and Tijuana. by The Elephant's Child
February 27, 2021, 8:14 pm
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Joe Biden is still a new president for many of us, and we are still trying to learn just what he has in mind and what he plans to accomplish. It is, of course, clear that the Democratic Party wants to fully control the American government, but so do the Republicans, that’s how our government is currently set up. We have other parties off and on, but they have not caught on.

Democrat’s passionate demand to be in control has been very much in evidence during the past four years. They have used every trick or lie or falsehood to demonize the recent Republican president. Every day of Trump’s four years he was under one attack or another from Hillary’s pretend Communist influence to the recent “impeachment.” They cannot stand to have a Republican in charge. And apparently they are completely unaware of all that Trump accomplished for the American people. That mindset has carried over to Joe Biden, who is trying his best to eliminate every trace of the previous four Trump years, and he’s still working hard at it. Many of his efforts are absurd, and clearly just an effort to remove anything Trump, in case some mentally disturbed citizens should actually approve of the despised past president.

President Biden has clearly emphasized his desire to open the borders to as many migrants as want to come to America. He has halted all construction on the border wall, pretty much shut down ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), made them release the prisoners they had for deportation (usually because they had committed serious crimes). He is releasing hundreds of Illegal Aliens into American towns, untested for Coronavirus, untested for past criminality. Presumably into selected towns where the newcomers will influence the vote numbers, or the census allotment of members of Congress. Democrats think that way.

You remember, I’m sure, the outcry about “kids in cages” when President Trump kept the children accompanying migrants who seemed to be unrelated to the kids who accompanied them, to keep them safe. Well, never mind. It’s no longer “kids in cages” they are now in “shelters” or “migrant facilities at the border”, subtle changes in language by the Washington Post and CBS that are meant to influence your mind into a different direction.

The border with Mexico is not a nice place. If you follow the news of the border, they keep finding mass graves of opposing groups on the Mexican side. These are not peaceful communities, there are drug cartels trying to ship drugs into the United States, and they dig tunnels and use every means of getting their goods across the border. There are immense profits available in the drug trade, and in many cases their compatriots are already in this country. The Border Patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have a difficult and dangerous job. President Biden is trying to open the borders and eliminate ICE, in the assumption that more illegal immigrants will become Democrat voters.

The Democrats urge to be in complete control of the government is insatiable. The real interests of the American people for a better economy, fewer problems with drugs, more jobs, fewer homeless, less crime, are not really a matter of concern for them. If they were, they would have had some appreciation for President Trump’s accomplishments. Instead it was a battle for four years starting with Hillary’s phony claims of Russian influence and culminating in a phony impeachment for a capitol invasion that he neither caused nor advocated.

Our current level of immigration is roughly about 1 million a year. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, an economic slowdown then the Biden administration made a big show of proposing sweeping legislation that would legalize almost all illegal aliens. enact measures that would weaken immigration enforcement and increase legal immigration to new levels. Congressional staff received a 59 page section be section summary of the bill. The White House made it clear that it’s top priority is amnesty for illegal aliens. Why?

The bill, however has not yet been introduced in Congress, and may never be. In an evenly divided Congress, it has no chance of of passage. It was proposed on the president’s first day in office to satisfy a campaign pledge and as a gesture of solidarity with the party’s most radical anti-borders activists. The administration and congressional Democrats confessed that a series of smaller measures is more likely. But the “downsized” amnesties are not small. They would give legal status to three to five million illegal aliens, more than were amnestied by the 1986 law that was supposed to be a one-time measure.

I’m inclined to support plain old legal immigration. You want to come to America and become an American, so you apply formally at a consulate, wait your turn, and come legally. Take the courses in citizenship, and in time get sworn in and welcomed as new citizens. There are “temporary” or repeatedly renewed statuses granted to people already here illegally when some sort of natural or man-made disaster strikes their home countries.

Biden has also lifted the so-called “Muslim ban” which was a qualified prohibition on issuing visas to citizens of countries whose governments are unable or unwilling to provide us with the information to allow the visa applicants to be vetted. We will probably see a lot more executive action in that line. I fail to understand the need for it, nor the reason why they regard it as a good thing.

The photo is of the westernmost edge of the border between Tijuana and San Diego. Apparently most illegal aliens did not enter through the Southern border. I guess, overstayed visas, overstayed work permits, overstayed visitors permits. Our tech industry has a lot of temporary workers.

If you are curious about immigration, go to, the Center for Immigration Studies, a think-tank dedicated to all matters about immigration, and an excellent source for good information.

Addendum: President Joe Biden in an interview with Univision on Friday, stated that “he hopes and expects the migrant facility in Texas that was used during the Trump administration”won’t stay open very long,” and that what his administration is doing is “much different” from kids in cages because there are people helping the children. Our hope and expectation is that they won’t stay open very long, and that we’ll be able to provide for every kid who comes across the border safely to be housed in a facility that is licensed. And what we’re trying to do, and we have literally hundreds of people doing it now, connect them with families in this country, get them the families that they came to see or they are looking for, and we;v e already connected thousands of them that way. And so, that’s what — that our hope, is to unite these children with families while they wait to have a hearing.” He also added that what he’s doing is “much different” from ids in cages because “we have people there helping them.” Oh, like the people who took the kids to parks and playgrounds under the Trump administration? Now the illegals coming across the border will get free taxi rides to wherever they want to go, courtesy of the taxpayers. That will solve the border crisis.

Stranger and Stranger, Inc. by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2021, 11:05 am
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Think of this as an addendum to the idea that “it’s getting strange out there”. More Proof! President Biden is now up to 63 Executive Orders, a record! More than any other president in the history of the country, at any time and for any reason. He is clearly besotted with the idea that all he has to do is sign a piece of paper, and he gets to change the world.

Breitbart has listed all sixty three for us, and we can probably assume that there will be many more to come. No reason to assume that he will stop at sixty-three, when he’s having fun. You should probably save the list, as a reminder when the next election rolls around.

It’s Getting Very Strange Out There! by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2021, 9:35 am
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From Weasel Zippers: “The Biden Energy Department Allegedly Blocked Texas From Increasing Power Generation Because it Would Violate Green Energy Policy” Texas asked to temporarily lift regulations on energy output to avoid disaster. Biden’s DOE refused to help because of “green energy standards.”

From FEE (The foundation for Economic Education) 10 Crazy Examples of Unrelated Waste and Partisan Kick-Backs in New ‘COVID’ Bill Starts out with $1 Billion for “Racial Justice” for Farmers. and $50 million for ‘Environmental Justice’ Grants, and $112 Million for California Transit Project (Covid?) $10 Million for Native American Language Preservation and goes on from there.

Here’s Stephen Miller on how Biden’s Immigration reform bill will impact the economy and jobs.

It’s getting very strange out there. On February 22, two members of Congress (D) sent a letter to the CEOs of companies like AT&T to question their use of information from Fox News, suggesting that Fox contributed to a growing distrust of public health measures necessary to crush the pandemic. They suggested that Fox News has long been a misinformation rumor mill and conspiracy theory disseminator. I find this appalling. The Congress people in question were Anna G. Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both California Democrats. But really! This is highly improper, and it is not in the job assignment of members of the House to decide where the American people may get their news. Perhaps it would surprise these two to learn that Republicans don’t necessarily agree with Democrats, and that is not a bad thing. We will hope to show them the errors of their ways.

We have moved from town criers to newspapers to radio to television to the internet and each move changed America. Today we are in the age of “fact-checkers”, ordinary people who have claimed the authority to ban people from speaking, including the President of the United States and the nation of Australia. The picture above is of Texas in the midst of a climate disaster, unable to get proper assistance because of the federal government’s current illusions about “green energy” or windmills and solar power, which simply do not work. That seems to me to be pretty clear evidence that we need more and better information, and a lot fewer “fact checkers.”

The Endicott Pear Tree, 383 Years Old and Still Going Strong! by The Elephant's Child
February 24, 2021, 12:10 am
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The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, bearing a shipload of British Puritans, with all their worldly goods, their livestock and their families after a long voyage across a stormy Atlantic Ocean. Simply sighting land must have been an occasion of celebration. If you scroll down, you will see a picture from an earlier post of today’s reproduction Mayflower, though it’s so pretty it’s hard to imagine it loaded down with passengers, all their possessions and all their animals after months on the sea.

Among the first group of British immigrants was an English Puritan named John Endicott who arrived in 1629 to serve as the first governor of the very new colony. He was tasked with establishing some kind of welcoming setting for further new arrivals on this untamed land. So he set about trying to make it as homey as he could. In about 1630, as his children watched, Endicott planted one of the first fruit trees to have survived the voyage, a sapling British pear tree, which they had to water carefully, for salt water would have killed it. Here’s John Endicott. Supposedly, about 1630, with his children watching, he planted the pear sapling and declared: “I hope the tree will love the soil of this new world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive. Well, 383 years later, the tree, as you can see above still thrives and bears Endicott pears.

We seem to be back in an age of beards, but John Endicott’s not exactly a prepossessing one. Fortunately, styles change. There is so much history around Massachusetts, the I imagine that many residents have never seen this tree, nor even known about it. I live on the opposite coast, and we are more apt to celebrate BIG trees like our redwoods, who loudly proclaim their importance by having tunnels through big ones on the highway. But that is a California phenomenon. I don’t think there are any spectacular trees here on the Washington Coast, but we may have some murder hornets up by the border.

I suppose on a trip to Massachusetts, a visit to the pear tree would not be high on the list, but somehow it’s nice to know it’s there, and still bearing pears, Endicott pears, after 383 years.

*State entomologists think they have eliminated the murder hornet threat.

Biden Got His Second Shot in Early January before He Was Inaugurated. by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2021, 9:33 pm
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The American people heard that Facebook had decided to ban Australia, and ,unsurprisingly, decided that it was becoming obvious that Big-Tech was in need of some federal regulation. The Trump-haters, of course, celebrated when Twitter banned Trump, but banning the President of the United States was really going way too far, whether you liked what Trump had to say or hated it. President Trump thought it was a good thing to be able to talk more directly and informally to the American people than through press conferences and speeches. I’m not at all sure that Big Tech has learned any lesson, but they will be regulated, and they are not going to like it. Not everything is about one’s political preferences. Companies used to realize that antagonizing half of the population wasn’t a wise plan.

These are strange times, and it goes way beyond tearing down an occasional statue or carrying a torch. Baylor University students have demanded the removal of the statue of Judge Baylor, for whom the university was named, and here at the University of Washington, students want the statue of the Father of our Country removed. That is so silly, you almost have to laugh. College students are told on the one hand that they are the elite, attending a university, and going to lead the world. On the other hand, their teachers struggle to hammer in a few facts. And all the other stuff that goes along with it, falling in love, making new friends, trying new things, being away from home and free to do as you please, racking up debt. You can’t expect much in the way of intelligent action, so don’t put much weight in the “wisdom” of college students.

The School Board in San Francisco was going to change the names of a good many of their schools, eliminating those who weren’t properly “woke” like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, but they were made fun of across the country. It was noted today that they are turning their attention to getting all the schools open and not bothering with name changing. I guess this is progress.

But it’s nasty out there. Do you read the comments on articles? There are major battles being waged even there. Is that healthy? Or not? As far as that goes, are Twitter and Facebook healthy and do they contribute to our country?

Joe Biden, trying desperately to eliminate anything done or said by Donald Trump, has tried to pretend that Trump did nothing about Covid-19 and only now is the Biden administration beginning to help. That’s not going to work. Joe Biden got his second virus shot in January, before he was inaugurated, the first one back in December. He doesn’t want Trump getting any credit for anything to do with the pandemic.

Earlier this week, he claimed that President Trump didn’t “order enough” COVID 19 vaccines, then he claimed that there was no vaccine distribution plan. No national strategy. But then again, he’s setting up all sorts of vaccination locations across the country, He just admits there just won’t be any vaccine there.He really, really doesn’t want the hated Trump to get any credit for anything about the pandemic.

The National Institutes of Health

Do You Even Know What a Spittoon is? by The Elephant's Child
February 21, 2021, 10:14 pm
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I’m currently re-reading Noble House, a big fat novel by James Clavell about Hong Kong, because its one of those old absorbing novels that you get wrapped up in. But in one of the conversations among characters in the story, I ran across the word “spittoon”. Ancient, unfashionable word from the days when men, at least some of them, chewed tobacco. I would wager that there is a large percentage of the population that has never heard the word and has no idea of it’s meaning. And most certainly, they have never seen a spittoon. I did read that spittoons still inhabit the halls of Congress. Not that anybody uses them, it’s just that they are customary.

So, curious, I investigated a little, (and I emphasize ‘little’). Do people still chew tobacco? Well, yes, but rarely. In the wake of tobacco causing cancer, many substitutes have been developed, from all sorts of more palatable plants. Mints, spices that sort of thing, but spittoons seem to have vanished from the scene, except in museums. A spot in a museum seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? There are obviously more important objects. A spittoon was essentially a big round pot with a very wide brim to catch the misses. There were small pocket spittoons as well that you could carry around with you.

Times change and fashions change, But in some places chewing tobacco or tobacco substitutes is still going on strong. Odd

The Texas Disaster, The Kerry Disaster, and Upcoming Facebook Disaster. by The Elephant's Child
February 20, 2021, 9:53 pm
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We had a neighborhood power outage last fall, and it was uncomfortable, and we were ill-prepared. Reminds me that I need to get a camping lantern. Candles are romantic but not very useful. We don’t realize how much we depend on our power services until they are not operating.

John Kerry, President Biden’s Climate Guru (the Special Envoy for Climate) announced that we have just 9 years left before Climate Armageddon or something like that. Our records of the climate only begin in 1880. “Global Warming” began in 1850. How much has the earth warmed since 1880? About 1 degree centigrade. OMG, Run for the hills! President Biden has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement (without Congressional approval) which will accomplish nothing at all. ‘The planet will not notice whether the UN Paris pact exists nor whether the U.S. is part of it. Even UN officials admit that the Paris pact did not save the planet as CO2 emissions continued to rise. Facebook has announced that they will be “fact checking” statements about the climate.

Texas has just had a weather disaster, more correctly, a wind turbine disaster. They got some snow and freezing weather, but the disaster was the power outage. Some people died trying to warm their houses with auto exhaust.

Americans should realize that oil and gas account for 70% of our energy supply. The reality is that blocking pipelines and development does not lower demand, it just makes getting access to energy more difficult and more costly. Oil has no material substitute. Electric cars are far more expensive and far less convenient. Climate activists blame cold and snow on — global warming.

Analysis: Social Cost of Carbon is a “Transparent and Obvious Fraud” – —Francis Menton in 2016: “The ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ can fairly be described as the mother of all government cost-benefit analyses…”In reality, it is a completely dishonest scam that wildly exaggerates costs and ignores benefits in order to justify vast seizures of power unto the government….“

Here’s a piece by journalist Andy May, who lives in Texas and writes about climate science and energy, so he gets lots of questions.

I just learned that wind turbine blades are not recyclable. They have to be buried in the landfill. Most of our rivers are dammed to produce electricity. When I was growing up, we had our own power plant, didn’t get Idaho Power until years after the War. Lots of areas in the West where you could drive for hours without seeing anywhere you could plug your electric car in.

Back in 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed paying Coal and Nuclear Power Stations to keep at least 90 days worth of coal onsite, for disaster resilience. Widely criticized, but it might have saved Texas.

Where Do You Get The News You Need? by The Elephant's Child
February 19, 2021, 11:35 pm
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In earlier days, the news mostly came by radio, at the top of the hour, and you filled in the details with your local newspaper or weekly news magazines. That’s not, of course, dealing with the evolution of the news, just before and after computers.The computer age has, of course, changed everything. We’re still expecting the news to be free, and having to pay for the details, but the computer age expected computer advertising to pay for everything. That has not worked out. Computer advertisement seems to have mostly morphed down to tee shirts with funny pictures or funny sayings on them, or kittys peeking out of pretend holes in the tee. Funny sayings may be fascinating the first time you see them, but not over and over. Nice to have your favorite catalogues on line rather than cluttering up your postal mail, but take a moment to think about how you get your news now, compared to the past. Clearly it is easier to get vastly more opinion on any one subject. But advertising is not producing the expected revenue, and now everybody wants you to buy a subscription. Which one might do for a couple of favorite websites, but unless you are in the wealthy class, it’s not likely you’ll buy subscriptions to all, by any means.

Magazine advertising ranged from tiny spots to double page spreads or even more. Google advertising does not offer any such choices. I have no idea what their options are, nor what they charge, nor what they offer in terms of exposure. I read my customary mail-order catalogues online, but I no longer see the kind of ads I used to see in a national magazine at all.The online magazines have put their choice pieces behind a paywall, so to speak. If you want to read the good ones, you have to subscribe.That’s not going to work for long either. The big double page spread of the brand new sexy car, drove enough people to their dealer to justify a big expenditure for a double page spread. Your computer has the potential to reach you with big ads, but nobody has yet learned how to do it. If they can put whole movies online, they can put a whole major ad online, but they have to learn how to do it. And I can really do without the bathroom habits ads.

Did you used to subscribe to magazines? and how many, and how many different kinds? Do you still buy magazines at the grocery store? The space given over to magazine racks seems to be diminishing. Do you still go to the library? Teach your kids to go to the library? Do you buy paperback books at Amazon or the grocery store? We forget that Amazon started out as an online book store, and graduated to becoming a seller of just about everything, largely because of their mastery of delivery. Other businesses are dying because people don’t want to have to drive to a store to buy something. The world is changing around us in profound ways and we are hardly even aware of the symptoms. As the Mars Rover makes a successful landing and starts sending back pictures, in other spots they are digging up fossils of wooly mammoths, records of unknown civilizations, and discovering that they were smarter than we knew.

Twitter Has Now Banned a Whole Nation! by The Elephant's Child
February 18, 2021, 9:29 pm
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Big Tech has managed to make large numbers of the American people believe that Big Tech desperately needs some vigorous federal regulation. Governor DeSantis in Florida has made some serious efforts. The American people are not much on more regulation, usually believing that there already is far too much of it.

Most websites offer places to comment, and if you are really angry, the address of the website sponsors is readily available so you can write them. The computer age has brought forth a new generation of “fact-checkers,” who may or may not have any claim to being so in control of reality that they can pronounce “fake” or “real” with authority, but of course that has proved to be nonsense, as Wikipedia proves. The Southern Poverty Law Center is another outfit trying to claim “fact-checking authority”. But the websites that offer access to express your opinion publicly have grown and prospered. Twitter and Facebook are the most prominent, Parler was just put out of business by Amazon, and is, I believe, now back as an antidote to Twitter.

The founders of these public conversation websites have prospered with their idea of ordinary people wanting to make themselves heard. Some people used the resource to be rude or mean, or use bad language, and were banned. President Donald Trump assumed that using the resource to talk to the American people without having to go through the very partisan press would be a good thing. The very partisan leftist fact-checkers at Twitter found that what Donald Trump had to say was out of line with their thinking and must be false. For fact-checkers, there is only true or false, (no in-between or different). So Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, the guy with the nose-ring and the world’s worst beard, banned the President of the United States.

President Trump had welcomed the opportunity to express his opinion directly to the people, without having to go through an extremely partisan press, and used Twitter extensively. A rather large contingent of the American people could have told Mr. Dorsey that banning the President of the United States was probably nor a very good idea. (He outranks you.) But Big Tech is not lacking in general arrogance. Now, however, Mr. Dorsey may have just gone way too far, moving up from banning chief executive of nations to banning whole nations.! He now as banned Australia! Banning a whole nation does take a remarkable amount of arrogance, and if it brings forth some regulation on Big Tech, I’m with Australia.

A while back, months, Tunku Varajaradan, writing fot the Opinion Page of the Wall Street Journal, suggested that these websites be regulated as “common carriers” as trains and buses are. Railroads and Bus Lines may not discriminate among their passengers. Open to all. I haven’t read the laws, but it sounds like a sensible approach. You can still ban vulgar language, but not differences if opinion, but with today’s public conversation it is perhaps not possible to tell the difference.

In any case, I suspect that banning a whole nation was not exactly a smooth move, and there will be repercussions.. Keep an eye on this one.

It’s Melting! by The Elephant's Child
February 16, 2021, 4:33 pm
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The trees are no longer clothed in white, the snow has fallen or dripped off, much of it onto the skylight in the kitchen, and there has been a fairly steady slight rain.We have not attempted to go out, so I can’t answer for the streets, but our promised grocery delivery order has never arrived, which would seem to be something of a clue.

The national news is depressing, but that’s not anything new. The National Guard remains in Washington D.C. apparently to protect nervous members of Congress from the rest of us. So-called “celebrities”, those residents of Hollywood who may or may not have been in a movie, but have enough name recognition that the news media will pay attention on a slow day, continue to rant. Does anyone care? They don’t seem very bright, just annoying. Certainly doesn’t incline me to rush out to see their movies. In the wake of Covid, nobody is going to movies anyway, which may be their problem.

Joe Biden has been in office nearly a whole month, 52 executive orders, thousands of jobs destroyed, and he hasn’t yet bothered to call Netanyahu in Israel. Trump got the Middle East countries talking to each other, establishing embassies, so what’s left for Biden to do? They’re already naming streets or parks after President Trump.

President Biden is currently more interested in undoing anything President Trump did at the border, removing walls and fences and border guards and letting lots of illegal aliens in, than in accomplishing anything himself. A significant flow of illegals is good for the rich, who support his campaign, who can get their lawns mowed and raked cheaply, but I’m not clear on just why this is supposed to be a good thing. The rich can afford to pay for those services, but along with the influx of illegals, what has previously turned up is more crime, and murders. The Democrats like to think of them as “refugees” but they are not. They want to come here, earn more money than they could at home and go back home, a little richer. Some want to stay. We have a legal system for that. You apply at an embassy, wait your turn, and if you want to become a citizen, there are classes and rules. We celebrate new citizens who have done it the way prescribed.

I think I mentioned that in the wake of our snow and icy streets, we had ordered groceries delivered. Need bread! They were supposed to have arrived around 2:00 in the afternoon. Evening, still no groceries. Called the store. Where are our groceries??? They checked, and they have been delivered. Obviously not on the front deck, checked the carport, the driveway, the street. No groceries. So who got our groceries and what are they doing with them?

What would you do if 10 or 12 sacks of groceries turned up on your doorstep? Think bounty from heaven? Start complaining because it’s not stuff you normally use? Three whole loaves of bread? Just keep it?

I just watched a video of a new program on the other side of the country in New York City, where Mayor DeBlasio, in order to give New Yorkers something else to talk about (instead of the newly exposed deaths of so many New York old folks because the Governor stuck Covid infected people into the city’s nursing homes) is going to fill the streets with “live performances.” The one demonstrating for him seemed to be a group from the Metropolitan Ballet who were out in a street in leotards taking ballet poses. I assume that the mayor is not paying them out of his pocket, so New York taxpayers…. oh please!

What would you do if the mayor of your town brought in a troupe of ballet dancers to gesture in the street? Doesn’t bear thinking about! Beginning to seem as if the whole country has slipped a clog.

Chilcut Pass, Alaska, 1897 by The Elephant's Child
February 14, 2021, 5:24 pm
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Seattle was a city famously built on seven hills. Some of them vanished when the city was built, and some are still around. When it snows, and it doesn’t often, Seattle as a whole seems unable to drive, chaos erupts on the streets and freeways, and the hills become impassible. It has mostly stopped snowing, a little light rain, but we have a good 7-8 inches of snow. The trees are covered, traffic non-existent, and it’s beautiful out. Our groceries, which were to be delivered today will not arrive, though we have been invited to come to the store to get them. (If we could come to the store we wouldn’t have ordered delivery!) We have plenty of food, but a dire shortage of sandwich bread.

It’s undoubtedly the hills that make the Seattle area’s snow such a mess. Too many people unaccustomed to driving in the snow. Seattle, on Puget Sound, was a natural harbor from the stormy Pacific. Populated largely by Indian villages and intrepid Nordic fishermen, it was not much of a city until July of 1897, when two ships steamed into Seattle and San Francisco respectively. laden with Klondike gold.

Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Steward, had purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $22 million or about 2 cents an acre, which was promptly disdained as “Seward’s Folly”. We had already had the California Gold Rush when gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, near Sacramento in 1848. That brought some 300,000 people to California.

In July of 1897, Seattle’s Post Intelligencer’s headlines trumpeted “Gold, Gold, Gold! and unleashed a hundred thousand “stampeders” heading for “Seward’s Folly.” Seattle merchants quickly developed packages of the “correct” clothing for Alaska and the “needed equipment” and the gold rush was on. Seattle became the port for ships leaving for the gold fields in the Yukon. After the California gold rush, people were anxious for the chance to make a fortune, and ready to risk everything. Fortunes were made and lost, lives were lost. Here’s a quick story of “The Last Great Gold Rush” from Fascinating story. Most of us in the lower 48 don’t know all that much about Alaska. But it was that last great gold rush that made Seattle a city.

The Democrats had a bad weekend! by The Elephant's Child
February 14, 2021, 12:43 am
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Democrats are having a bad weekend. Trump didn’t get impeached again, It’s quite clear to anyone not involved in the capitol building invasion that he did nothing to cause or encourage that, but Democrats are quite sure that Trump caused the whole thing, ignoring the riots and protests that have gone on for months and months, many involving the radical Antifa.

Now, Economists have slammed Biden’s Stimulus as an “Economically unjustified” plan that “incentivizes unemployment.” On top of all the jobs he has cancelled with his 52 Executive Orders! One might think he is uninterested in full employment, an odd position for a president to take.

Then the oddly-named “Lincoln Project” pretty much fell apart when the leader turned out to be a pedophile. Pelosi was having a hissy-fit because Trump didn’t get impeached for a second time. Democrats are terrified that he will return again, I guess. Having read several summaries of his accomplishments in his four year term, they have a right to be scared. Historians will treat him very well indeed, perhaps as one of our greater presidents, and Ms. Pelosi will not be treated so kindly. I have never quite understood just why they loathed Donald Trump so much. He accomplished a great deal for the American People, created vastly improved employment numbers, and even donated his presidential salary to the country for particular needs. That alone must have really disturbed the Democrats.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is projecting a “rapid resurgence in economic growth and a slower but steady return to pre-pandemic employment levels without needing further stimulus.” (We’ve already spent $4 trillion, and let me remind you again that the federal government has no money of its own, you get to pay for all of it). Free market economists agree that Biden’s ‘stimulus’ comes from politics, not sound economics.

Parents desperately want the schools re-opened, but the teachers’ unions like being paid for not working. Mr. Biden will, of course, support the teachers’ unions.

Stephen Moore of Freedom Works, who served as a top economic advisor for President Trump, argues that government spending can actually be a negative for the economy, because the money is not going to come from the economy. but from taxpayers’ pockets. Obama’s $830 billion “shovel ready” plan resulted in the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Obama’s own numbers indicated that we ended up with fewer jobs than if we had done no stimulus at all.The economists really had harsh word for Biden’s proposed expansion of unemployment benefits way above normal levels.

Then there’s the small matter of a massive influx of illegal aliens to be scattered around the country to supplement the census numbers that determine Congressional representation. Lots of illegals particularly helps the well-to-do who can afford to hire someone to do the skut-work cheaply.

New York’s Governor Cuomo has finally been nationally exposed for putting coronavirus infected elderly in nursing homes and killing off large numbers of the residents. They were really trying to hide that. And in California, the petition to recall Governor Newsom has surpassed the needed million signatures and they are going for 2 million just in case. So it has not been a very good week for the Democrats. Things are just not going their way.

President Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki, said that he is now working on banning guns. Just what he has in mind there is not clear, but gun-banners have not fared well anywhere. The bad guys who need a gun don’t need to go to a gun store, there is a huge trade in unregistered guns, and illegal guns are easy to acquire. Those who need a gun for self protection, probably do not intend to go out shooting other people for fun and profit.

Democrats made much of President Trump’s suggestion that there was some electoral fraud in the election, but computer experts are now warning that there is ample opportunity to program voting machines to produce the desired outcome, and that problem needs to be addressed. I’m sure there is always some fraud in elections, but there should be a huge effort to make it as little as possible, and that man who was born in 1824 should not have been allowed to vote. He was way too old.

There seems, in the wake of President Trump, a new concern for “wrongthink”. There has been some concern that members of the United States Military might suffer from “wrongthink”, and actually approve of President Trump.That is apparently considered a possible problem for members of the armed forces. Need to keep an eye on that particular aberration. Who members of the military choose to vote for is their own personal business. Democrats are going much too far.

There’s more, but you get the idea. Sometimes even the cooperative left wing press can’t cover up everything, and it just hasn’t been one of Democrats’ better weeks.

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