American Elephants


Celebrities, Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises. by The Elephant's Child

Late night last night, fortunately I could sleep in. Then had to take the cat to the vet. The Left was quite positive that the first woman to be president would triumph, and obviously the whole thing was quite a shock. Celebrities, always eager to get their faces or persons before any available camera, did so. But just what is a celebrity? They are people who are famous because you might recognize their face or their name. They prefer to think that because they may or may not have some name recognition, that the world is interested in their political opinions—it isn’t. Unfortunately there are always some star-struck reporters around who are.

Before any election, some celebrities threaten to leave the country if a Republican is elected. Barbara Streisand, Whoopi and Cher are perennials, but they always weasel out. Cher threatened to move to Jupiter—more dramatic, but easier to gainsay. Miley Cyrus, whose fame results from being the example usually cited when someone speaks of the decay of society and examples of bad taste and no manners. Samuel L. Jackson is famous for being in every movie ever made. Other than that, there were some comedians I’ve never heard of, actors in dramas I have never seen. All are welcome to depart, they will not be missed, and if they would refrain from giving their political opinions publicly, it would be deeply appreciated. We really don’t care what you think.



Enough, Enough, Enough. by The Elephant's Child

migraineSorry about the light or absence of posting. I am exhausted by electioneering, the hate, the venom, the lies and exaggeration.Today and yesterday it has been all about the polls. Who’s up, who’s down. There has even been a vast array of supposedly predictive articles, events, long term trends, and even a Chinese monkey supposedly good at predicting.

It’s all pure speculation (with few facts) on the polls, which are pure speculation. Nobody knows. Everyone is speaking out to say who is going to vote for each candidate, but they are absent anything but speculation. I’m up to the ears with it. The speculation is just based on who the person doing the speculating prefers. And of course everyone is pretending to be non-partisan. I am tired of the media, tired of the pundits, tired of the pollsters — and I have the sense that everyone else is too. The whole damn thing has been a disaster.

The picture is obviously not me. I am of the female gender, But it captures the mood nicely.



Matt Ridley Explains Why the Greening of the World is Far More Important than any Worries about gGobal Warming by The Elephant's Child

 

Matt Ridley is a fascinating speaker, and the world needs to know something about his ideas—they’re that good. Worth every minute. Published October 21, 2016.The speech was given October 17th at the British Royal Society.



The Alienated American by The Elephant's Child

shockedbaldeagleA new column from Victor Davis Hanson at Defining Ideas, a publication of the Hoover Institution, titled “The Alienated American,” is especially pertinent:

Many Americans increasingly seem psychologically, if not materially, disengaged from their own country. A few vote with their feet and move to quieter enclaves in the American rural West or to no-income-tax states in the South and hinterlands. More withdraw with their minds, by shutting out most of the noise emanating from American popular culture, politics, and the media.

I spent my vacation in September in small towns in southern Michigan, and a few days of October traveling to a number of communities in rural California, as well as talking to a variety of people on my farm. In all these venues, I kept meeting the same sort of detached American. Though these men and women came from varying class and ethnic backgrounds, they were united by a sense of malaise. Let me sum up what I think is the new Americanus alienatus.

The American stranger embraces a pessimistic view of this country, rather than the therapeutic view shared by most Americans. Given the nation’s cultural and financial profligacy, he assumes things are going to get worse. Or at least he accepts that they cannot go on as they are. The medicine (that will fall on him to administer) will be as catastrophic as the lethal disease (which he thinks was caused mostly by others).

Stereotyped as a “deplorable” “clinger” and “everyday American,” the stranger certainly has no wish to dispute the new politically correct orthodoxies of open borders, Black Lives Matter, the euphemisms that mask radical Islamic terrorism, record deficits, unsustainable entitlements, and chaos abroad. All of that, he believes, is now the concern of the members of the coastal establishment, whose incestuous lives are glimpsed in the latest WikiLeaks trove.

The whole column is available here.



Why Are Hillary’s Emails a Big Deal? by The Elephant's Child

hillary-angryIn spite of all the conversation and millions of words that have embroidered the campaign of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency of the United States, I’m not at all sure that people understand just what the email scandal is all about. Charles Faddis, a former CIA operations officer with 20 years of experience in intelligence operations took to The Hill to explain just why Hillary Clinton’s emails are important and why her use of a private email server is a big deal. For it is a very big deal indeed. Mr. Faddis explains:

I have worked in national security my entire life. Most of that has been in the intelligence community surrounded by classified information. For twenty years, I worked undercover in the Central Intelligence Agency, recruiting sources, producing intelligence and running operations. I have a pretty concrete understanding of how classified information is handled and how government communications systems work.

Nobody uses a private email server for official business.
Period. Full stop.

The entire notion is, to borrow a phrase from a Clinton campaign official, “insane.” That anyone would presume to be allowed to do so is mind-boggling. That government officials allowed Hillary Clinton to do so is nauseating.

Classified and unclassified information do not mix. They don’t travel in the same streams through the same pipes. They move in clearly well defined channels so that never the twain shall meet. Mixing them together is unheard of and a major criminal offense.

If you end up with classified information in an unclassified channel, you have done something very wrong and very serious.

Accidentally removing a single classified message from controlled spaces, without any evidence of intent or exposure to hostile forces, can get you fired and cost you your clearance. Repeated instances will land you in prison.

The whole thing is available here: Everyone, depending on their affiliations tries to portray the issue as simply  nasty political accusations with no merit whatsoever, or as some Trump crowds scream “Lock her up, Lock her up!” It is not the usual case of mild government corruption, everybody does it sort of thing. The Clintons may have believed that everybody does it, but they are wrong. On the other hand, there are scandals attached to far too many government agencies, fortunately none of the others deal so directly with national security.



How Does the Minimum Wage Work? by The Elephant's Child

Here in Washington State, the minimum wage is on the ballot. They’re trying to ease it up over time, so we won’t notice. The minimum wage is an unemployment program for the lowest skilled workers. They already had big protests and demands to raise the minimum wage in the city of SeaTac, which is the area around the airport. Lots of fast food and regular restaurants and lots of hotels and motels. So the city passed a raise to $15  an hour. What happened? Fewer workers, some suddenly found they were charged for parking, which had previously been free. Restaurant workers found they had to pay for their own meals. Lots of other actions by businesses to try to cope with a government ordered increase in the cost of doing business.

Then the City of Seattle decided to raise the minimum wage. Some small restaurants closed, some let workers go. Some businesses moved to the suburbs. Now it’s on the statewide ballot. Most politicians have no experience in the private sector, and see no reason why they can’t just order businesses to do as they demand. And as usual, Democrats just don’t get the unintended consequences. Business is now having to cope with Obama administration orders to expand the numbers of employees who get overtime pay. That too will have unintended consequences.

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A Little Real Western Humor by The Elephant's Child
October 14, 2016, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Bureaucracy, Domestic Policy, Humor, Regulation | Tags: ,

Borrowed shamelessly from Maggie’s Farm:

The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

AGENT: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.

RANCHER: Well, there’s my hired hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $60 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Jack Daniels every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.

AGENT: That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.

RANCHER: That would be me.

I grew up in Idaho, but I knew that bureaucrat and that rancher.




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