American Elephants


Been a Little Preoccupied!
October 27, 2021, 4:35 pm
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Sorry, had to spend a few days in the hospital. Endured two lengthy PBS fundraisers, Innumerable jabs with needles (and some people out there are running around terrified of getting a simple vaccination!). Watched two attacks on Planet Earth from space aliens. The hospital food was pretty good. Had a major windstorm and and power outage, so the hospital was on their own backup power, fire engines running up and down the street. Not a dull moment! ( Except tor the PBS fundraisers) (My room was not as elegant, nor was the view!)

Been deprived of the news for about a week. At least the news and news sources that I have learned to depend on for some degree of verity. Used to think, (once upon a time) that one could depend on the news companies to report what was happening out there. One expects the usual slants, but if Germany surrenders, that’s it. We’re all just ordinary human beings, and have to learn to deal with it and each other. I suspect the schools are not really teaching the kids, in that way, about the difficulties of being human, and as far as that goes, what that means. And what one has to put up with. I am trapped in a house with neighbors on each side who let their dogs out in their yards to bark all day long, so I’m trapped. I do not have a dog at present, but have had dogs all my life as constant companions, starting with a big beautiful 1/2 St. Bernard 1/2 Great Pyrenees, when my dog was way bigger than I was. So my objection is not to the dogs , but to careless owners. It really gets tiresome!

In school. or for that matter even at home, were you ever taught anything about what it means to be a human being on a planet revolving around a minor star? To be “planetary life” and wonder if there was any more humanity somewhere out there? Reading, writing and arithmetic. Nobody taught us about what it means to be human, did they? That one you have to learn on your own!



Supply Chain Problems! Are There Any Solutions?
October 21, 2021, 10:45 am
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Joe Biden’s fix for the Supply Chain Crisis is not working. He ordered the ports kept open for longer hours, but that was not the problem. The problem is and has been manpower to unload the ships, and for whatever reason that has just not been available. Next attempt will probably be to call out the National Guard to unload. That seems to be what is left. President Biden’s approval ratings shrink to new lows every day, and the “Brandon” song is leading on the charts. He is now flying planeloads of illegals to New York City every night. I have no idea what that is supposed to accomplish, a bigger city to hide them in? New York City does not need more illegals, particularly unvaccinated ones. Whoever is thinking up solutions for the Biden Administration needs to be fired. The American people need to have some kind of confidence in their president.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, has tested positive for Covid, so he will be out of commission, hopefully to recover quickly. There seems to still be a vast fear of getting vaccinated. I think there’s some Trump Derangement Syndrome involved, and there are those who are angry about Mandates, but I really don’t understand the avoidance or reluctance. We’re trying to find out where to get our boosters. It is a worldwide pandemic, a lot of people have died, one would think people would not want to die from it, and be happy to contribute to defeating the disease. Does the fact that people keep calling it “a jab”play a part? Certainly I’d rather have a vaccination than a “jab”, but that as an objection would be silly.

Apparently lots of people are quitting their jobs because of the mandates to get vaccinated. I want a booster, and a flu shot. The federal government has not done nearly enough explaining the problems, and way too much mandating without explanation. From what I read online, there are lots of people who simply don’t know who they can trust or who to turn to for advice. All the fuss about Dr. Fauci has not helped. I have not seen numbers on how much of the population is computerized, and has access to the news that I take for granted. As I grew up very rural, I’m well aware of how long it can take for new technologies to reach rural areas. We produced our own electricity for many years before we actually got Idaho Power. We had a refrigeration plant, but we also had an icehouse and put up ice in the winter, which was a big event. That was so normal to me that I seldom realize how very strange it must be to city people.

Our nearest town was 9 miles away. There was a small grocery, post office, and gas station about 4 miles down the road. For many years we had our own gas station and post office. The train, which we called “The Galloping Goose” was a diesel affair with an engine, large passenger compartment and a mail car came up every day, often carrying swimmers and fishermen who would get off and swim or fish as was the case, and then catch the train back on it’s return trip to wherever they came from.

If you are interested in rural America, you might enjoy the books of John McPhee, starting with Coming In to the Country.



You Can’t Explain “Supply Chain Crisis” to Little Kids!
October 18, 2021, 10:43 pm
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from PsHere

The massive “infrastructure” bill now being debated in Congress would do nothing to fix the supply chain crisis, and Americans are being told they are probably out of luck when it comes to buying Christmas gifts. Christmas trees are reportedly going to be in short supply, and our elites are having special concerns about what are girls’ toys and what are boys’ toys and is there gender suppression in how they are arranged on the store shelves.

Can I say politely that ideas of suppression of gender sensitivities has gotten a bit out of control? One’s gender is determined at birth when the obstetrician says “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!”. That’s it. Case Closed. If you want to be something else, that’s what you need to work on. Kids don’t know very much, and consequently are susceptible to all sorts of goofy ideas. I’m old enough to recognize that all this gender sensitivity is something recent and new. But this does seem to be an era of “sensitivities”. When we have to start rearranging store shelves lest we offend someone, it has gone way too far.

Pete Buttigieg was previously mayor of (I think) South Bend, Indiana, Not highly ranked by the locals. He lost me when he drove to Washington D.C. to accept his new job at the Transportation Department offices, and parked in a distant parking lot, and got his bike out of the car, so he could be seen arriving at his new job on a bicycle, which would show the proper sensitivity for the underdogs in the transportation field? We do want our representatives in the government to show some concern for the American people, but that seems to be carrying it a bit too far. Mr. Buttigieg is gay, married to his partner, and they have recently adopted premature twins, which is why he was on “parental leave” when he needed to be tending to the cargo crisis, and let his partner cope with the babies. There are lots of nurses for hire if needed.

Rich Lowry addressed the U.S. Supply Chain at National Review. He said: “if there is one universally recognized principle in American political life, it’s that the president of the United States should want Christmas to come off without a hitch.” Which is probably correct. We just had Anthony Fauci backing off from his comment that it was perhaps too early to say whether people should gather for the holiday.

At least one California High School is teaching it’s seniors how to drive a truck. But the problem is unloading the ships. I don’t know any more than that. We will see just how our “ruling class” resolves this crisis. Newly minted truck driving high school seniors does not fill me with confidence. But then I don’t expect any of my Christmas gifts to be arriving by cargo ship anyway.

What we miss in the photo is a conception of size. Those “shipping containers” are what they are trying to turn into housing for the homeless, and perhaps for the rest of us as well.

Kamala Harris was warning in August “if you want to have Christmas toys for your children, it might be time to buy them because the delay might be many months” so this was apparently expected. The only thing the President has done is to keep the port of Los Angeles open 24/7 which may help but is not going to be a game changer. I don/t have any little kids in the family, so toys are not a problem for me, but those who do have my sympathy.

This is Pete Buttigieg’s job. You can’t explain “supply chain” to little kids.

Moody’s Economist: Biden’s Inflation is Costing Average Americans an Extra $175 a month.



Never Fear: We Are Saved! Jen Psaki Says So!
October 16, 2021, 3:15 pm
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A few of the cargo ships waiting offshore for entry to the Port of Los Angeles to hopefully unload.

Presidential Press Secretary and budding economist Jen Psaki said that we don’t need to worry about inflation, because it just proves that people are buying lots of goods which shows that the economy is doing well, and anyway, that will all be gone next year, because all the economists say so.

Anchor Jake Tapper on CNN’s “the Lead” said “Inflation is skyrocketing as I don’t need to tell you. The prices for home heating costs, cars, groceries, furniture, rent gasoline are hitting Americans right in the wallet. The White House response has been generally to say, :Hey, inflation shows we;re coming out of the recession. It’s a good sign.

“President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain enthusiastically retreated an economist who said in part ‘Most of the economic problems, inflation, supply chains, et-cetera, are high-class problems.’ Now I get the larger point that when we’re talking about economics, we’re coming out of recession. But doesn’t it seem tone-deaf to say that rising prices and empty grocery store shelves are high-class problems? Isn’t that a bit dismissive?”

The White House is citing the need to “Diversify Fuel Sources” in response to the (non-existent) climate crisis. But then Joe Biden is going over to consult the Pope about the climate crisis, so that will surely clear up any concerns about the climate.

The job of Press Secretary to a President of the United States is a tough job, and sure to give one a fine position in the media when their president’s term is over. But is does call for a voluminous knowledge of history and economics and law, and a little of everything else.



What is Really Going On Out There?
October 15, 2021, 6:47 pm
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Are you getting the feeling that Nothing is working? The goods we need for Christmas giving are sitting in cargo ships clustered offshore in most American ports unable to be unloaded because there are no workers to unload the ships. Apparently there is also a shortage of truck drivers to take the goods to wherever they are supposed to go. One article I saw said that they were teaching high school seniors how to drive trucks!

The border is a mess. Joe Biden has invited Central America and whoever else is out there to just come to our Southern Border and they will be allowed in to disappear into our vast country. They are beginning to sound a little less inviting, but keep releasing those who appear at the border into the United States. The numbers keep climbing.They made a lot of noise about how they were flying the Haitians back to Haiti, but that’s apparently not happening either. There used to be laws against hiring illegal aliens, but that made them cheap to hire because they had a hard time finding work.

The media has demonized the hard work the Border Patrol actually does with absurd claims of using the reins of their horses as whips, which is just the stupidity of those who have never been close to a horse with a Western saddle. The Border patrol saves a lot of lives, rescuing those who get lost in the border mountains, those who get swept away in the Rio Grade, which is a fair-sized river. Unaccompanied children are a huge problem. I guess they are supposed to find relatives who are already here

We get daily warnings of how prices are climbing, usually illustrated with the signs illustrating the cost of a gallon of gas, and now that winter is coming a little closer, warnings of the cost of heating our homes. It’s hard to know what are serious warnings of rising prices and what’s just reporters looking for attention. My faith in the press is in serious decline.

Lots of people still refusing to get a Covid vaccination. I can understand those who get their backs up at being ordered to get vaccinated, which seems to me to be a problem easily solved with more explanation of the disease, the dangers, the problems of a worldwide pandemic, but I don’t know if that is true or not.

Crime seems to be on the rise, overdose deaths are definitely on the rise, whether from the more ample supply of dangerous drugs from the Mexican cartels coming across the border, or just people using more because of the current economy. San Francisco has stores closing because of the uncontrolled shoplifting of anything and everything. Parents are upset with the curriculum of the schools their children attend and are raising hell at School Board meetings, which offends PTA’s because they are not sure that parents are entitled to decide what their children should be taught.

Yes. Apparently Nothing is Working! And what do we do about that? I have some ideas, but they have to wait for the next election.



The “Masters of the Universe” Don’t Know What They Are Talking About!
October 14, 2021, 9:47 pm
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Several days ago, I wrote a post about “The Masters of the Universe Speak Out! Ooops!Google announced that they would “prohibit the monetization” of accounts that are skeptical of manmade climate change” which indicated that they were entirely unfamiliar with climate science and didn’t know what they were talking about. It is a little more complicated than that. The idea arose out of one of those big Davos meetings for the rich and politically inclined, where everyone flies in on their private jet airplanes, and only the rich and important are invited. In considering the problems of the world that they were there to solve. since they were rich and important, they settled on Climate Change as a problem worthy of their intent. Christiana Figueres, who was at the time, the General Secretary of the IPCC , held a press conference to explain to the reporters hungry for any bit of titillating news, that it was the world’s best chance of discrediting and removing hated Capitalism from the world. Americans are generally pretty much in favor of Capitalism, but that was their aim.

Grants from the government quickly became available and university labs that promised to be investigating this dire catastrophe got new equipment for their labs and even new assistants. They fired up their computers and entered what they knew about the climate for sure, which wasn’t all that much, and added what their compatriots were saying and what they hoped were intelligent guesses, and were off to the races. Carbon Dioxide, which is a natural fertilizer for plants, became the villain, because it had been increasing slightly in the atmosphere and they had to have something to blame it on. There is no reason to assume that Google is particularly well-informed. Just politics, and a way to emphasize their importance. The climate of the Earth is determined by the actions of our Sun. Carbon Dioxide makes crops more bountiful as it is a natural fertilizer. Nursery greenhouses pump in a little extra CO2 to help their plants grow! Even Afghanistan has reported extra-bountiful crops this year, as has Australia and have farmers all over the world. But scaring the public with tales of climate disaster made their desired “Great Reset” and One World government seem a little more plausible.

There is an unfortunate tendency among those who have had a good idea and become very very rich to assume that their good fortune means that they really are brilliant, and should tell the rest of the world what to do. You will see examples of the tendency frequently. Two climate scientists that I listen to frequently are Dr. Roy Spencer PhD and Dr. John Christy PhD at Huntsville Alabama. Dr. Spencer runs the satellites that measure the temperature of the atmosphere for NASA, and Dr. Christy measures with weather balloons also for NASA. Links to websites in the sidebar, and visit Climate Depot, Watts Up With That , and Master Resource as well, regularly.

I was a English major, which means I read a lot and read everything, and I grew up at 4000′ altitude in the mountains of Idaho, mostly outdoors, on 400 acres surrounded by National Forest, with three miles of river running through it. Beats apartment living and a once in a year hike in the woods. Spent time at ranger stations and lookouts too. Been snowed in, flooded and lost several buildings, and we had to generate our own power. Had lightning strike about 100 yards from the house (That’s a major noise), and the best sled run in the country. Shot one Lynx, 3 rattlesnakes, 2 porcupines and large numbers of woodrats (nasty critters).



TWO Million “Migrants” in 2021!

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is reporting a record of nearly two million “migrants” encountered so far in 2021. The newer thing is of course, that we now call them migrants rather than “illegal aliens”. Joe Biden has invited the population of Central America to come to the border and be admitted to the United States of America. I believe there is some statistical indication that illegal immigrants when made citizens able to vote, are inclined to vote Democrat. I don’t know if this is what Joe Biden has in mind or not.

From Cal Thomas, The Washington Times: “Illegal Immigration is destroying our country”

CBP to Report Record of Nearly 2 Million Migrants Encountered in 2021

Joe Biden has actually said that they will be located in “swing states” so they can eventually change the vote to be more favorable to Democrats. So at least, his intentions are quite clear.

It might go down a bit better with the American people if they were located where workers were especially needed, rather than where it’s hoped they will alter the vote, but perhaps that is expecting too much.

We have a system for people who want to come to America and become Americans. It’s not complicated. You go to the nearest American consulate or embassy and apply, and then you wait your turn. Not instantaneous, but legal. You get welcomed. We do appreciate it when people do it the legal way.



Some Days Promise to Be a Bit Off!
October 13, 2021, 12:11 pm
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I’m sure everyone sometimes awakens in the morning, remembering what they had just dreamed. This morning I remembered dreaming that our lives had been taken over by D.B. Cooper! The name seemed vaguely familiar, but I could not remember why or who he was, so I had to look him up when I started up the computer. Bet you don’t remember either! (Look it up) Why that would pop up in my sleep remains a mystery. But with an early look at the news of the day, perhaps something is just off!

Department of Homeland Security Chairman Alejandro Mayorkas is promising to end the workplace enforcement of migration laws, and to help illegal migrants get higher wages from their U.S. employers. Other than the illegalities involved in that promise, the only reason why illegal Immigrants get jobs at all is because they are illegal and thus cost less to hire. We don’t understand what our job is?

Then Nancy Pelosi scolded the American press. She told reporters that “You could do a better job” selling Biden’s Radical Agenda. Vice President Kamala Harris lamented America’s “Shameful Past and Devastation Wrought by European Settlers. California’s Gavin Newsom is going to save the world from an overheating climate by banning gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers. Demi Lovato, whoever she is , says the term “Alien” is “Derogatory” Offensive to Extraterrestrials.” We should use “ETS” instead. At that point, I wondered if going back to bed and starting over would help.

Vice President Kamala Harris had some children over to her home at the Naval Observatory for a NASA Space Video, to tell them what a wonderful experience seeing the Space Video was going to be. Turns out the “children” were not just ordinary children learning about space, but child actors hired to be the children properly impressed with their upcoming experience. Sigh.

Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day.



Not a New Book, but Invaluable!

Angelo Codevilla was killed recently in a tragic automobile accident. I have had and re-read this book for years, and want to recommend it. A valuable explanation of the way things really work. Amazon still has a few copies, or your public library should have it. Explains how all those things that are so annoying, like AOC’s “Tax the Rich” ball gown, or Hunter Biden’s remunerative art show actually happen.

They have been haggling lately over raising the debt limit so they can borrow more (raise your taxes more) with the usual ploy of calling it “infrastructure”. That’s a word that the public usually accepts because they think of the annoying roads and bridges in their area and assume they will get fixed, though that may not be the case at all.

Good book, enlightening. Recommended.



Happy Columbus Day: Check Your Local Public Library!
October 11, 2021, 12:04 pm
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In October, 1991, National Geographic published a special issue titled “1491 America Before Columbus“. You can probably find it at your public library, depending on the library. I’ve saved my copy because it is fascinating.The “Report from the Editor” begins: “To Native Americans the European concept of “Discovery of the New World” is both ludicrous and insulting. “We were here for about 15,000 years before you showed up,” a Algonquin friend in Massachusetts once chided me.

He is right, of course, What many refer to grandly as the Age of Discovery was in fact the Age of Collision — an era of confrontation between cultures and continents from which neither the Old nor the New World ever recovered. It sounds as if National Geographic went on to further explore the “pre-discovery era” in further issues, but I was not a subscriber. The title page divides the issue up into “Origins”, “the Land”, “Ozette”, “Etowah”, “Otsungo” and “Pueblo”.

Ozette is here on the coast of Washington State. The Ozette Archaeological Site was discovered in the winter of 1969-70 when a storm caused the bank at the village to slump, exposing preserved wooden artifacts. (Closed at present because of Covid.) but you can look it up online, and put it on your list of things to do someday. We lived in Phoenix for a few years, and visited the Pueblo country thoroughly, and most enjoyably, which I also recommend highly.

Addendum: I chose an American native bison to illustrate the post because we too often don’t recognize the differences about America. This guy is still shedding his winter coat, he’ll rub up against trees trying to get rid of the extra fur, and once he’s back down to his normal undercoat, start slowly growing his next winter coat. Recently saw a video of a buffalo stampede taking place somewhere around Yellowstone.



“Masters of the Universe” Speak Out! Ooops!
October 8, 2021, 3:11 pm
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Google and its video-sharing platform YouTube announced this week that they will now prohibit the ‘monetization’ of accounts that post videos and content that is skeptical of manmade climate change.” Tells you why they sneeringly call them “masters of the universe.” They make a lot of money and assume that proves that they are well informed and super intelligent. Unfortunately it does not.

Sorry. The climate of the earth is determined by the action of our sun. Carbon Dioxide, which has increased slightly in the atmosphere, has nothing to do with climate. Carbon Dioxide is plant food, a natural fertilizer that helps plants to grow more bountiful, and feeds a hungry planet. Even Afghanistan has reported bountiful crops because of the slight increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. Australia has publicly reported on their unusually bountiful crops this year as well.

“Manmade Climate Change” is just sheer ignorance. Check with Roy Spencer PhD who runs the satellites that measure the temperature of the earth for NASA with John Christy PhD at Huntsville, Ala. (see website in the sidebar). He explains global warming thoroughly, or go to Climate Depot.com or Master Resource.com or consult Anthony Watts at WattsUpWithThat.com. All these sites have lists of climate scientists and their studies, as well as reports on all the latest studies from the experts.

Sorry, Google, you are way out of your depth.



You Really Don’t Want to Make the American People Angry!
October 6, 2021, 9:37 pm
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It is getting really weird out there! The American people are deeply unhappy with this president. It’s not just the rude shouts in sports stadiums, that’s appearing wherever he turns up. The columns online are ubiquitous. President Biden was told early on that ice cream cones were a “good symbol”, and I haven’t seen him without an ice cream cone in months! He’s still desperately trying to blame anything and everything on Donald Trump. Not going to work. Donald Trump was a very good president and accomplished a lot for the American people.

I am deeply troubled by Biden’s immigration problem. Inviting the rest of the world to come, sneak across the border, and suggesting that we will promptly make them citizens seems like an unbelievable error. We have an orderly process for those who want to come to America and become citizens. You go to your nearest American consulate or embassy, sign up, and wait your turn. Thousands from Afghanistan, thousands from Central America, thousands from Haiti, Africa, and South America. We’ve now just had an example of a man convicted of murder in Florida, caught again at the border trying to get back in.

President Biden’s approval ratings continue their steady decline. We’re still trying to get our people out of Afghanistan, our latest, greatest failure.

Democrats are trying to convince the American people that the people who entered the Capitol Building on January 6, were “rioters” viciously attacking the legitimate members of Congress. Curious, I looked up the word “riot”, which by definition includes “violence.” Only violence was when a Capitol policeman shot Ashli Babbit. The people who went into the Capitol building, reportedly walked around, respected the red velvet ropes there to guide visitors, did no damage whatsoever, and, by the way, are as citizens, the owners of the building. We now have films of their incursion, which make it pretty clear that there was no riot, and certainly no violence. Keep that one in mind when you are listening to Democrats sound off.

Today’s major flap seems to be that School Boards all over the country have had parents turn up (Parents!) to protest what is going on in the schools, protest some of the curriculum, and suggest that the school boards are not doing their job. Apparently astonished that parents would assume that they have anything whatsoever to say about what their children are being taught! How interesting to learn that school boards are unaware of who elects them, and who can fire them. I’m getting a sense of citizens slowly becoming aware of an establishment that does not understand who is in charge, and the power that they have. We’ll see.




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