American Elephants


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 History.com. 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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