American Elephants


Sympathy, Compassion, Empathy, Toleration, Confusion and Civilization.. by The Elephant's Child

September_17_2001Murder is not a mystery. Its harbinger is the police car, the plane flying low, the smiling man who opens his coat. Evil is not a mystery either. It is moral courage tuned to the destruction of civilization. The murderer can be courageous, but not creative. The ends of evil are power and ruination.

Liberalism is all too often the cult of the poor murderer. The thug who kills over inequality. The terrorist who bombs over bigotry. And it is outrage at the victims of its own Utopian crimes.

Utopia is another name for power. It is an absolute good that negates the humanity of every person on earth. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Islamic Caliphate of ISIS or the Socialist gulag. The destruction of the individual is not only necessary, but celebrated as evidence of the triumph of the ideology. Destroying people shows the absolute power and total importance of the creed.

That is the force that destroys civilizations. It’s a moral force, but it’s the moral force of evil.

Civilization is the moral force that resists destruction. It is the speech that dares to name murderers, murderers. As civilization dwindles, streets darken and savages and their lawyers hunt the night. Murderers become victims, destroyers become the future and good is invoked in the name of evil.

Sometimes upholding civilization is a difficult thing. It can mean being a soldier on the front lines or a police officer sitting in a car waiting for a terrorist to strike.

Or sometimes it can simply mean speaking the truth. And that is something that any of us can do.

Even at the best of times, civilization is a fragile thing. At the worst of times, it can be held up with a few words, with a few people reminding each other that truth is worth fighting for.

From Sultan Knish (Daniel Greenfield) Sunday November 22, 2915



I’m Sorry, So Sorry, by The Elephant's Child
October 19, 2015, 6:33 am
Filed under: Blogging, Domestic Policy, Education, Humor | Tags: , ,

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Sorry about the missing blogging. My elderly car gave up the ghost, and I am trying to buy a new one.  We no longer have an auto-row here, but sort of  four scattered ones, and some dealers are in adjacent towns, All very complicated. I haven’t done this for a long time.  I have to read up, study up and make decisions.

There are lots of good things in the archives. Just click on something in the category cloud.



Artisanal Firewood by The Elephant's Child

This is That profiles Smoke & Flame, a Vancouver artisanal firewood company that is selling bundles of kindling for $1,000 a bundle. For more, visit http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat  Craftsmanship!

(Well-crafted joke)



Windows 10 by The Elephant's Child
August 19, 2015, 6:12 am
Filed under: Blogging

Sorry about the missing blogging. Downloading Windows 10 did not go smoothly. Our anti-virus program did not like the download, but it took a lot of time to figure out what was going on. Then there’s more that’s different than I expected, and will take some getting used to.



So it’s Sunday. You Should Have a Good Laugh! Here it Is. by The Elephant's Child

Donald Trump
Through the Ages

 By Jonathan Flowers

The ancestry of Donald Trump stretches back to the Ancient World. Listen, as several of Trump’s forebears recount some of the most famous moments in history.

The Death of Julius Caesar

So this is, maybe, a week after the Ides of March. I’m in Rome. I got a new coliseum there. Great coliseum. I build a lot them. Make a lot of money. Very successful.

So I’m in Rome. And Brutus and his cabal ask me to say a few words about Caesar. Really, begging me to say something about him. And Brutus is an honorable guy. So, I’m like, “Sure. Whatever.”

But then right before my speech, Brutus comes up to me — he’s real nervous, Brutus — and he says, “Whatever you do in your speech, don’t blame me for Caesar’s death.”

The whole thing is here, and Funny! He captures “the Donald” to perfection.

(h/t: Powerline, and thanks)



Sorry. Sick, Sick, Sick. Virulent Summer Cold. by The Elephant's Child
August 6, 2015, 12:05 am
Filed under: Blogging, Domestic Policy, Health Care, Junk Science | Tags: , ,

Woman-sneezing-into-a-tissueNot much blogging. I’ll think about it tomorrow, at Tara. After all, tomorrow is another day.



I Think I May Be Back in Business, My Fingers Are Crossed. by The Elephant's Child

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Sorry! I have been having computer problems. They seem to be multiple and separate. Fix one, and there’s still another. Or multi-anothers. I’m not sure.

This is not me, but it captures the mood. Had a Doctors appointment this morning, I was on time, he was running an hour late. My coffee maker quit. My wireless mouse and keyboard weren’t connecting, or only after long waits between strokes. You have had similar experiences, I’m sure. Life is not designed to go smoothly every day. Then there was Mr. Obama’s unbelievable press conference.

Keyboard and mouse are working. The problems may be solved. I will not take anything for granted.




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