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My Summary of the Entire Kavanaugh Extravaganza by The Elephant's Child

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The Kavanaugh nomination continues to dominate the news. Democrat propaganda efforts have seen to that. I don’t know just who does their propaganda, but they have become quite good at it. If you recall, with the women’s march, the bellyaching by feminists that they don’t yet occupy all the really important positions in the country, and of course, the #Me-Too movement, sexual abuse has become a big prominent deal.

Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Senator Charles Schumer has spoken out to say essentially that no, we cannot have a conservative or a Republican appointed to the Supreme Court, because Democrats have to be in the majority and in charge. As the time for Kavanaugh’s hearing approaches, lo and behold, at almost the very last minute Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has a letter from a woman who claims that Brett Kavanaugh abused her when they were in high school 36 years ago. Senator Feinstein has had the letter since July, but just didn’t think of making it public until just before the Kavanaugh hearing, Purely a coincidence of course.

The woman is identified as Christine Basely Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University. She claims that at a party 36 years ago the high school boys were all drunk, Kavanaugh held her down and put his hand over her mouth, and she was very frightened. When was this? She can’t really remember. Well, where was this? She can’t remember where the party was. She can’t remember how she got home. Did she tell anyone? About 12 years ago when she and her husband were in couples counseling, she suddenly remembered and told the therapist. Palo Alto University is a college for psychology and counseling.

Chairman Grassley says they will arrange to hear her on Monday. She will not come on Monday. She wants the FBI to investigate the whole thing before she will testify, because she has received death threats and nasty calls. The FBI doesn’t do investigations to determine who is right in a he-said she-said argument. Women’s march feminists assume, with help from Democrat propagandists that she was raped, but she has never claimed that as far as can be determined. She says she won’t testify until she can be protected because she is very frightened — death threats. The question seems to be can she drag out the contretemps long enough to get the Kavanaugh  nomination dumped? Raise enough suspicions? Etc. Etc. Etc.

Kavanaugh is adamant that it never happened. His friend from high school also says it never happened. Many women who knew Kavanaugh in high school say Kavanaugh was always a perfect gentleman. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Hollywood celebrities, whose names I do not recognize, but I’m not very up-to-date, are quick to chime in and demand that Ford be given a hearing, #Me-Too, Etc. Etc. Etc. Why are we forced to listen to Hollywood celebrities who are famous because they once appeared on a screen somewhere, who know nothing whatsoever, but demand to be listened to because they once appeared on a screen somewhere? They have no claim to any expertise, they just like to sound off, and lazy reporters can just pick up what they said online.

That’s my best summary of what is happening. Let me know if my summary is haywire. The propaganda is skillful, the Democrats are deeply opposed to the Constitution and want it abolished, because it is a brake on their quest for control. They particularly hate the Electoral College, citizenship laws, free speech, the first and second amendments, and most of the rest of it as well. Obama used to say that the Constitution was wrong because it said what the government may not do, to the people, and it should have said what the government must do — for the people.

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Trump Buries The Old-World Order by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson had a new column up yesterday at the Hoover Institution’s “Defining Ideas” in which he explains our history in statecraft and diplomacy, and what he calls the Old-World Order, since the end of the Second World War, He explains how we got here and where we are today, and what the Trump administration is doing about it. It’s not long and I found it fascinating to have it all put together so concisely.

The present continuance of institutions such as the EU, NATO, UN, and others suggests that the world goes on exactly as before. In fact, these alphabet organizations are becoming shadows of their former selves, more trouble to end than to allow to grow irrelevant. The conditions that created them after the end of World War II, and subsequently sustained them even after the fall of the Berlin Wall, no longer really exist.

The once grand bipartisan visions of American diplomats such as Dean Acheson, George Kennan, George Marshall and others long ago more than fulfilled their enlightened promises. The U.S. in 1945, unlike in 1918, rightly stayed engaged in Europe after another world war. America helped to rebuild what the old Axis powers had destroyed in Asia and Europe.

At great cost, and at times in both folly and wisdom, the U.S. and its allies faced down 300 Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. America contained communist aggression through messy surrogate wars, avoided a nuclear exchange, bankrupted an evil communist empire, and gave Eastern Europe and much of Asia the opportunity for self-determination. New postwar protocols enforced by the U.S. Navy made the idea of global free trade, commerce, travel, and communications a reality in a way never seen since the early Roman Empire.

Do read the whole thing, you’ll be glad you did.



The Attempt to Control Is Becoming Pervasive by The Elephant's Child

An interesting search. I wanted to know the precise new title and agency for Dr. William Happer, appointed as a new science advisor in the Trump administration. He is a world-renowned physicist, Princeton University emeritus professor, and a splendid choice. Couldn’t find it at all. The first 6 pages on Bing and even on Duck Duck Go (the one that doesn’t track you) are given over to sources like Vox and Think Progress to claim that he is a prominent denier, Nazi, and to Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to insult Dr. Happer, with headlines like Bill Nye “Destroys” William Happer.

Bill Nye, Science Guy, is not a scientist. He has an
undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
That’s it. He is not an authority on anything. He is a
television personality.

I am a confirmed skeptic about global warming because I grew up outdoors in the mountains of Idaho. You will find that rural people who interact with the natural world every day are not terrified of global warming.  They leave that to Hollywood celebrities and city apartment people. I was an English major and I read. A lot.

Never did find Dr. Happer’s proper title in the Trump administration. on the 7th page on two search engines, I found Climate Depot, Powerline and the Cato Institute at numbers 72, 73, and 74. That seems to be a good indication of the attempt to suppress conservative thought. I think you will find this pretty common across all search engines, It’s common among newspapers and magazines, but those are clearly declining industries. You’re familiar with media reaction to being called “fake news” by the president.

Now we have a report from Chris Horner at CEI about the climate advisers in the governors’ offices, at least Washington’s Jay Inslee, California’s Jerry Brown and New York’s Andrew Cuomo who advise them on steps to take to tax carbon, attack oil companies, and in the case of Jerry Brown to put up his own climate satellite. It’s getting scary out there.



All About Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People by The Elephant's Child

Dr. Roy W. Spencer has a new Kindle book: Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People is meant as a concise and accessible summary of his skeptical views on global warming. After a year or more of thinking and writing, this new Kindle book is meant to fill that need.

32,000 words and 40 high-res illustrations, he says it is more comprehensive than his previous Kindle books, but still readable in about 2 to 3 hours. The book is not meant to cover all of the skeptical views out there, but everything that he believes is most important to the global warming and energy policy debate.

He adds Maybe the best way to summarize what is in the book is to list the chapter titles:

Preface
1. Overview of the Reasons for Skepticism
2. The Five Big Questions
3. Skepticism versus Alarmism
4. The Unholy Alliance: Politics and Science
5. How Could 97% of Scientists Be Wrong?
6. What is the Greenhouse Effect?
7. What Causes Temperature Change?
8. The Good News about Increasing CO2
9. The U.N. IPCC Consensus: Government-Funded Biased Science
10. Climate Models Exaggerate Recent Warming
11. Warming since the 1800s Suggests Climate Models are Too Sensitive
12. How the Reliance on IPCC Climate Models Affects You
13. Why is Warming Not Progressing as Predicted?
14. Refuting Common Climate Delusions
Conclusions

He adds:That last chapter is where I refute the frequent media claims about worsening heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather-related disaster losses, sea level rise, sea ice melt, ice sheet collapse, and ocean acidification.

I consider this my most complete treatment of the subject in one place, with my latest position on a variety of subjects. I have references to some of the latest findings and events of interest — as recent as September 3, 2018. I’ve included hyperlinks where appropriate so that readers can easily investigate my claims for themselves.

I hope you find it entertaining and informative. And, again, I am open to suggestions for material I might have missed… keeping in mind I am not aiming for the most exhaustive treatment of global warming skepticism, but the most effective one.

        ———————

I have not read it yet, but it sounds like a very good deal to me (and inexpensive). I have been following Dr. Spencer and Dr. John Christy for years, and have great respect for their work and their explanations of the science.



Where Does Our Energy Come From? by The Elephant's Child

Coal is the most-used electricity generation source in 18 states; natural gas in 16, hydro, nuclear, petroleum — Wind? Solar?

EIA

From the U.S. Energy Information  Administration and WattsUpWithThat

Electricity generators that use fossil fuels continue to be the most common sources of electricity generation in most states. In all but 15 states, coal, natural gas, or petroleum liquids were the most-used electricity generation fuel in 2017. Since 2007, the number of states where coal was the most prevalent electricity generation fuel has fallen as natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectricity have gained market share.

In 2017, coal provided the largest generation share in 18 states, down from 28 states in 2007. Natural gas had the largest share in 16 states, up from 11 in 2007. Petroleum remained the largest generation share in only one state—Hawaii—providing 62% of the state’s electricity generation in 2017. For the United States as a whole, natural gas provided 32% of total electricity generation in 2017, slightly higher than coal’s 30% share.

Beyond fossil fuels, nuclear power plants provided the largest electricity share in nine states, up from six in 2007. Hydroelectricity is the most prevalent electricity generation source in six states, up from four in 2007. Hydro is the only renewable energy source with the largest share in any state, but that may soon change with the continued addition of wind turbines in states such as Kansas and Iowa.

Even though coal’s lead has been cut from 17 to 2 States since 2007, it’s still in first place. Numbers in parentheses reflect the change since 2007.

•Coal: 18 (-10)
•Natural Gas: 16 (+5)
•Nuclear: 9 (+3)
•Hydroelectric: 6 (+2)
•Petroleum: 1 (0)

Neither wind nor solar are capable of providing the energy needed by a state and all of its communities and industries. I haven’t yet been able to find an answer to the question of electric cars. If all vehicles were required to run on electricity, could our grid produce the needed energy? I suspect not., but I simply do not know. If, as we are told, it would be easy for foreign hackers to hack into our grid, could they just shut down — everything?



Governor Jerry Brown Had a Big Climate Event! by The Elephant's Child

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that California will launch it’s very “own damn climate satellite” into orbit to battle climate change. State officials will work with San Francisco-based company Planet Labs to develop a satellite to track climate-change causing pollutants. “With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” he said. Radical Climatistas jetted in to San Francisco in their private jets for the 3-Day Big Climate Conference, where Brown announced his next big thing.

The Democrat governor, who is leaving office at the end of the year, did not announce a launch date or divulge a cost estimate.

Before Brown’s announcement, two prominent Democrats and a Republican mayor criticized Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord.

“While Donald Trump may have pulled out of the climate agreement, the American people have not,” former Secretary of State John Kerry said, opening the second day of the Global Climate Action Summit.

Kerry, also a Democrat, called Trump’s decision “the single greatest act of irresponsibility of any president of the United States at any time.”

Trump announced in June 2017 the United States’ intention to pull out of the international agreement, which Kerry signed while serving as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. The 195 countries that signed the treaty agreed to commit resources to combating climate change.

Former Vice-President Al Gore followed Kerry to speak, and said that it’s difficult to deny than climate change is causing more severe weather but that “It’s a little harder to deny the 3,000 deaths from the hurricane in Puerto Rico.”

Governor Brown  has signed into law one of the most radical pieces of climate legislation ever, as SB-100, it commits the state of California to produce all of its electricity from alternative sources by 2040, which will happen only with a major scientific advance. Wind and solar cannot possibly support the state’s energy needs, so with current technology that means building a lot more nuclear plants in an earthquake-prone state. The result will be soaring energy costs, increasing poverty in a state that already has the highest poverty rate in the nation, and lower living standards for all. The state is home to a third of all the U.S. welfare recipients, with the most billionaires.

People are moving out of California in droves, a net 140,000 per year are heading for other states, half of them middle class or higher, and of child-bearing age. California seems to be home to large numbers of scientific illiterates. I don’t really understand all these people who do not do their homework. If someone tells you the earth is ending or the sky is falling it would seem to be a good idea to find out if it is actually true.

Harrison Ford was one of the Hollywood types who jetted up to be a part of Governor Brown’s 3-day whoop-de-do in San Francisco for far-left climatistas.

“While you work to meet the challenge of climate change, I beg of you—don’t forget nature. Because today, the destruction of nature accounts for more global emissions than all the cars and trucks in the world.”

“We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not flood or fire. It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important shit who don’t believe in science.”

Harrison Ford also castigated politicians like Trump, whose “political or economic self-interest denigrate or belittle sound scientific understanding of the causes and effects of human pressure on the environment.”

I wonder what he has in mind as the “destruction of nature” when the Earth is greening and food crops and forests alike are growing vigorously because of the slight amount of greater CO² in the atmosphere. And where does he get his loony ideas about climate? He clearly does not keep up with the science. He’s responding to climate propaganda without ever questioning it. along with Al Gore and Leo Di Caprio.

There’s no end to the catastrophe that our media has in for us as the result of climate change. Did you realize that climate change is threatening the world’s supply of coffee beans? Conditions for growing coffee would no longer be suitable, and plagues and pestilences will destroy the crops.  You’d have to change to tea.  And look what the media claimed!



The Constitution is Under Attack by The Elephant's Child

Bet you didn’t know that today is Constitution Day, the national observance holiday that most Americans never heard of. Investors Business Daily called my attention to the Date. They say “this year, 2018, it may well be our most important holiday. For the Constitution is threatened more now than at any time since seven southern states seceded from Union and Civil War broke out on April 12, 1861.”

Scott Powell of the Discovery Institute explains the present peril, and it’s important to understand how and why he declares this to be so. The article from Investors is here, not long, and worth your time.

Richard Epstein of the Hoover Institution contributed to the Politico symposium this morning about the Kavanaugh matter: “The Democratic resistance to the Kavanaugh nomination has been an all-out assault on his judicial philosophy and personal integrity from the moment that it was announced. And here is the Wall Street Journal’s take on the #Me Too Kavanaugh Ambush. And here is Victor Davis Hanson on “The New Refuge of Scoundrels” in which he takes on the anonymous op-eds, the Kavanaugh accusations and the other anonymous accusations said to be justified because of the sheer awfulness of the Trump administration because “ripped from their mother’s arms” and other excrescences of the Left in its agonies.

Well, of course Constitution Day is the perfect time for Hillary to come forth with a demand that we abolish the Electoral College because Donald Trump is destroying America. Poor Hillary, she was just so entitled, and she cannot get over her loss. This was in a long article in The Atlantic, derived from her book “What Happened” (sales of her book may not be going well) in which she explains just how perfectly dreadful, awful, horrible the Trump administration is with every false trope the Democrats have come up with. There the s#!#-hole comment about some African countries (who deserve the appellation) which proves that Trump is racist (Nobody ever called Trump a racist until he ran for the presidency). The 3,000 deaths from Hurricane Maria, ‘ripped from the arms’, every trope the Democrats have devised.

What it clearly demonstrates is that the Democrats have no respect for or understanding of the Constitution. The Electoral College protects the votes of all Americans from the over-populous coastal states to see that all votes count. Feminists are demanding a new Amendment to the Constitution to make sure that females are entitled to every benefit that males get, excluding unimportant stuff like the draft and combat, I guess.

In the meantime, former Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry has been off to Iran to tell their government how to deal with the Trump administration’s attempt to nullify the Obama administration’s  Iran Deal. He is apparently unaware that he is no longer the Secretary of State and doesn’t get to do American foreign policy. He should be prosecuted. He has admitted that he met “three or four times” with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif since Kerry left office. He admits talking about Trump’s decision to exit the foolish Iran nuclear deal that Kerry helped craft. This is a plain violation of the Logan Act, that forbids private American citizens from conducting foreign policy with out official authorization.

So give a little thought to the U.S. Constitution today. Signed in Convention on Monday September 17, 1787.

The Cato Institute has long published pocket-sized bound copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution 3½” x 5″. Good for you and for your kids.  Kamala Harris sneered at Brett Kavanaugh about “that little book you carry in your pocket” which was probably one of these.  Cato, I believe still has group prices for more than one copy, inexpensive.




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