American Elephants


Fixing the Date by The Elephant's Child

A bit of advice for the New Year. Take a sheet of scratch paper, and write 2018 at least 25 times, more if you feel it’s worthwhile. It may keep you from entering 2017 every time you have to write a date. On checks, it’s a pain in the neck. Will it work? Dunno, but it’s worth a try. I usually spend a month getting it wrong.

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The Trials and Tribulations of American Elephants by The Elephant's Child


Aside from being exhausted from all the Christmas preparation and execution, I managed to poison my cat. She shares the general markings of this cat, but it is not a picture of her, and honest, I didn’t do it on purpose.

We got some ornamental plants for Christmas, and I left one on the kitchen table while trying to find a stand for it, and Scarlett took a bite. I removed cat from table, shut her in the bathroom to sleep it off, where she has a basket, kitty litter, drinking water and peace and quiet.

When I went to check, she had decorated the entire bathroom except for the ceiling and medicine cabinet with the most spectacular case of diarrhea ever seen. Called the after hours vet, got the number for animal poison control, looked up the plant online.

The online sources I found were mostly neither comprehensive nor authoritative. Called poison control, they said $65 please, here’s your case# and take her to your vet in the morning and your vet can call this number.

She got shots, one an opioid for the pain which has made her really loopy, and there we are. She’ll be loopy for at least another day or two. Setback for her treatment for gastrointestinal problems. Another $200+

Why, you might ask did I call a black cat Scarlett? First page of Gone With the Wind, + the fact that she’s a real bitch. My other cat is twice her size and is daily reminded that Scarlett rules the roost, and it to be obeyed at all times. Such is life among the elephants.

ADDENDUM: The picture of the cat who was not mine prompted a memory of another cat story from 2010, memorable because it was hysterically funny. Comic relief to my day. It’s the story of “Missing Missy, “which may not even be true, but worth reading the whole thing because it gets funnier and funnier. It went viral at the time.



Will Write Again Tomorrow. by The Elephant's Child
December 27, 2017, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Domestic Policy, Energy, Humor | Tags: , ,

Sorry. Exhausted from Christmas. Mother Nature blessed us with a surprising White Christmas. All gone now, except for a few remnants on well-insulated roofs here and there. It wasn’t much, just enough to make it pretty on Christmas day. Although I grew up where we had significant snow by Thanksgiving , and could expect a partial thaw at least by Easter, snow in the Seattle region is always a mess. Many hills, much ice, nobody knows how to drive and too few have either snow tires or chains. Go to You Tube and enter simply “snow in Seattle”.  I rest my case.



Democrats Are So Predictable by The Elephant's Child

Senator Charles Schumer’s response (Tax cuts for the Rich! Tax cuts for the rich!) to any threat of a tax cut from the Republicans will loudly drown out any attempt by Republicans to explain what it is they believe they have accomplished. Obama left office with a gift of a $20 trillion deficit, which makes cutting taxes to revive the economy a difficult undertaking. They need to tailor the cuts to help make the economy grow while still whittling away at the deficit as well.

The House passed a tax bill and sent it on to the Senate, and the Senate has now passed their version (remember that the Senate does not have a lot of wiggle room because their majority is so small) But they did pass it, they believe they’ve added good things, so now it goes to reconciliation where they try to agree on a final bill that will go to the President for his signature.

Democrats do not understand that cutting taxes on business will help to make the economy grow. It has been proven over and over, but Democrats believe that corporations are the rich, and they know that is true because they have seen how much some CEOs of big corporations make on the financial pages, and they seethe.

No sooner had the Senate passed their bill than Democrats en masse had nervous breakdowns. Kurt Eichenwald complained that “America died tonight. Economic suicide adopted to feed the insatiable greed of donors…” Patton Oswalt said “There’s no America now.” “Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform.”An MSNBC guest says Republican Tax Bill Is ‘Akin to Rape.’

These quotes come from Steven Hayward at Powerline, where I envision him giggling as he types each word of his lengthy piece. The Democrats are absolutely certifiable.



A Fascinating Conversation With a Real Journalist by The Elephant's Child

The state of journalism today seems dire. Too many would-be journalists chasing too little real news. If you are scanning through the days news, there’s way too much ‘he said’, ‘she said’. It’s as if reporters are sitting at home scanning Twitter and trying to find something provacative that someone said. That is neither news, nor useful.

There are a few real journalists around, and one of them is Claudia Rosett. She was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal for 17 years, and today writes a foreign affairs column for Forbes, and blogs for PJ Media. Her recent work has focused on North Korea, Iran, and the United Nations, but her interests roam worldwide.

Today The Daily Caller News Foundation features a video of an extensive conversation between Claudia Rosett and Ginny Thomas. She pointed out that the 2016 election had nothing to do with Russia, but everything to do with shrinking paychecks, vanishing jobs and over-regulation.

The Democrats’ rhetoric about Trump’s supposed Russian collusion does not match the degree of enthusiasm and flexibility that former President Barack Obama actually displayed to Russia for his entire two terms, Rosett says in this video interview.

She cites: when Obama was caught on a hot mic promising flexibility to Vladimir Putin, shelving missile defense for Europe in a phony “reset” with our dangerous adversary, inadequate pursuit of Edward Snowden who is still hiding in Russia, the imaginary “red line” with Syria that opened the door to Russia being emboldened in the Middle East, the Iran deal that advantaged Russia and their allies on the world scene and the weak response of the U.S. when Russia annexed Crimea, which belonged to Ukraine.

It’s a fascinating conversation, and well worth your time. Get comfortable, put your feet up and enjoy. You’ll feel more confident about your views of the world, and more knowledgeable.



Yoo Hoo! CEOs and Business Managers by The Elephant's Child


I know, I know. About your advertising. You have paid a lot for ads and not received the response you hoped for.  But opting for auto-play ads is a mistake. We’re not as interested in your ads as you assume, and when we park an article with an embedded auto-play ad with a few other saved pieces, it starts playing. And always very very loud. Our automatic reaction is to open the piece, note the name of the advertiser so we can permanently boycott the company and then discard the ad.

We really don’t believe that businesses seeking customers should be publicly playing politics. If you want to sell something, don’t start instructing us in how we should think. We can do very nicely without you. Thought  you might like to know.



Yoo Hoo, Seattle City Council by The Elephant's Child

From Economist Mark J. Perry at AEI:

Seattle City Council: Do higher prices reduce demand  or not?




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