American Elephants


The Beautiful City of Portland, Oregon by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a travelogue for the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. It’s the city where the Columbia River and the Willamette River (pronounced will Lam et, not willa met) meet and the latter flows right through the middle of the city.

Residents say”don’t go downtown, it’s too dangerous” The problem seems to be Antifa, some kind of vicious organization that claims to be anti-fascist with no understanding of what is and is not  fascist. They dress up in black, particularly black masks to hide their identity, break windows, set fires, beat on cars and threaten ordinary residents who do not do what they are told. Very much like Nazi jackboots of another era. What they want is unclear, other than what they do, which is beyond unacceptable. The Portland Police have chosen to refrain from getting involved, so they just watch, supported by the Mayor,

Occasionally we have an Antifa outbreak in Seattle, when there seems to be something worth rioting about. I don’t know whether it’s the same bunch or not. I don’t know what, if anything, they advocate, other than causing trouble and damage. Significant terms in jail might help. But apparently you are not supposed to do anything about a violent mob of Leftist rioters — someone might get hurt.

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What Happened to California? by The Elephant's Child

Here is Victor Davis Hanson on Tucker Carlson’s program talking about their native state of California. Both were born and grew up in California. Victor Davis Hanson is the 6th generation living in the same house, with obviously a deep sense of family history.I have lived in California, on both sides of the Bay area, and in Southern California. As I often say, I can remember when anyone who did not live in San Francisco dressed up to go to the city. Now, Travel agents and event planners suggest avoiding San Francisco because of the prevalent feces on the sidewalks and the  needles and addicts also on the sidewalks. So how did a once beautiful city and a once ‘golden’ state go so haywire?

California is now a state with probably more billionaires than any other and definitely with the largest number of people in poverty. Jerry Brown is not rated as abjectly low as the governors of Oregon and Washington in fiscal discipline—but what is it with this coastal corridor? There are lessons to be learned here.



How DARE You Call Democrat Protesters A MOB???? by The Elephant's Child

We calls ’em as we sees ’em:

Republicans are usually too polite to call our opponents a “name”. but some occasions call for more drastic tactics. We won. You lost.  And you are behaving very badly. Your people are perhaps not accustomed to being called a “mob.” Nancy Pelosi tipped your hand when she described the “Wrap-Up Smear” and explained the tactic.

Michael Avenatti kept dragging preposterous victims in only to have them laughed at for their poorly conceived stories. We learned that many of your protesters were paid to protest.

Finally the only supposed victim was exposed as a liar, and none of those who were supposed to confirm her stories would confirm them. I don’t know if she thought she could just make her complaint, which would do a part in dumping Kavanaugh, and she wouldn’t have to testify. Seems as if someone should check out her background a little more carefully. Phony accusations, phony protests.

The final outcry about having to believe in women, and women were survivors, and women were all abused because they were women went somewhat flat. What did you expect when you sent protesters out to scream and pound on the doors to the Supreme Court? A screaming mob doesn’t get some pretty euphemism — it’s just a mob.

And just what are they angry about? They’re not angry about abused women, as far as we can tell, no women in this particular situation have been abused. They are angry about power. Their entire aim is to be in control. To do things, all things, their way. To tell Republicans what they can and can’t do. They don’t really have all that much of a plan except to do away with all the shameful things from America’s terrible past, and raise taxes and make everybody equal and give them good things that will make them vote for Democrats forever. Like free college education and free health care and free….



Nancy Pelosi Inadvertently Explains Democrat Tactics by The Elephant's Child

The peculiarities of the Kavanaugh case and his confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court keep surfacing. Here is a transcript from C- SPAN in which Nancy Pelosi explains the Smear Tactics to be used on Trump-Kavanaugh.

Pelosi Wrap up Smear Transcription;

“You demonize – we call it the wrap up smear. If you want to talk politics. We call it the wrap up smear. You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest and then you merchandise it. And then YOU ( the press ) write it and we’ll say, see it was reported in the press that this this this and this so they have that validation that the press reported the smear. And then it’s called the wrap up smear – now I’m going to merchandise the presses’ report on the smear that we made. It’s a tactic and it’s self evident.” – 6 / 22 / 17

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That was followed up by her letter to her “Democratic Colleagues:”   Do read the whole short letter. She speaks of the dignity and bravery (of the exposed lies of Christine Blasey Ford, and the heartbreak thereof.  Yes. Didn’t work.

She explains the Democrat’s agenda, and with it, manages to explain their total lack of understanding of basic economics and how capitalism works.

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Then just posted by John Hinderaker at Powerline,

James Kunstler is a liberal who has a site called Clusterf*** Nation. Although a liberal, he casts a cold, intelligent eye on the follies of our time. The linked post begins by questioning why anyone would believe Christine Ford. What follows is an explosive theme:

I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and the FBI to un-do the last presidential election, and that the real and truthful story about these seditious monkeyshines is going to blow wide open.

Stunning if true.

It turns out that the Deep State is a small world. Did you know that the lawyer sitting next to Dr. Ford in the Senate hearings, one Michael Bromwich, is also an attorney for Andrew McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director fired for lying to investigators from his own agency and currently singing to a grand jury? What a coincidence. Out of all the lawyers in the most lawyer-infested corner of the USA, she just happened to hook up with him.

Read the whole short piece, it may be all coming apart.

ADDENDUM: I just found the video of Nancy Pelosi’s explanation of how they would go about smearing Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  One of the most disgusting episodes in Congressional history.



Inebriated With Their State’s Storied History, Californians… by The Elephant's Child

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I lived in California for a number of years, and absolutely loathe the place, so I’m inclined to enjoy the news from the state. I believe I mentioned that Governor Jerry Brown is planning to launch California’s own climate satellite to monitor climate-change pollutants.  I can remember the days when one dressed up to go into “the city.” Now the streets of San Francisco are so fouled with feces that  tourist organizations advocate avoiding the place.

As a state run by Democrats, California has the Democrat illusion that control of the population is a desirable thing. They are a sanctuary state, welcome illegals, and ban plastic drinking straws to save whatever sea life is bothered by them. Assembly Bill 1884 bans dine-in restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws to customers. Plastic straws can be provided if the customer requests one. Violators will be fined $25 per day.

Jerry Brown has just signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. The new law prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.  From what I understand, the new regulations protect consumers, but the tech companies don’t like them, but the whole thing is a bit beyond my pay grade.

Not to be outdone in their concern for the health of the climate, California has adopted a 100 percent renewable energy goal — a law mandating that 100 percent of the electricity in the state will come from emissions-free sources by 2045. I don’t think he means that they are going to build a lot of nuclear plants—he means wind and solar. Unfortunately wind and solar cannot produce dependable energy. Essentially, he is declaring war on carbon dioxide, what we exhale every time we breathe. The environmental costs of wind and solar are huge, and a major factor in the state’s high electricity rates. But neither produce dependable energy, and not in high enough quantity to service the population’s needs. Natural gas and nuclear would be a better choice, but putting nuclear plants on top of the San Andreas fault is probably not a good idea. Wind turbines kill a lot of birds, as do solar arrays. The turbines chop them up, and the solar cells fry them.

Such global warming as there is seems to be caused by the action of the sun. The small increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is greening the earth. Here’s satellite evidence for planetary greening caused by increasing carbon dioxide:

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These are trends in leaf area around the earth. Which feed hungry people around the world.
Civil Rights groups are suing the state because the climate regulations fall most heavily on those who can afford higher energy costs the least. California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.

And last but not least, (hee hee) San Francisco has passed an ordinance requiring public artwork to depict more women. Taxpayers, including women, will be stuck with the bill in this ridiculously expensive city. The new rule also requires the Arts Commission to put up a statue of Maya Angelou, who was once a San Francisco resident in the city’s main library.

When I lived in a San Francisco apartment briefly, about 5 or 6 blocks from the beach, there was a tidal wave alert. San Francisco residents rushed down to the beach to see the tidal wave.  (fortunately it was a dud. )



It’s Not Possible In Democrat Eyes For Anyone to Be Guiltless by The Elephant's Child

Christine Blasey Ford’s whole story is falling apart. Nobody can confirm any of her stories about the party, including the woman who was her best friend. She said the other person at the party was Leland Keyser, who through her attorney says she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where Kavanaugh was present, with or without Ford. She said she had no knowledge of a supposed 1982 party or the accused Brett Kavanaugh. She does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and has no recollection of the incident in question.

The Senate Judiciary Committee reportedly met with two men who think that they assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, not Brett Kavanaugh. the committee staff had a second interview with the man. The committee has received testimony from a former boyfriend of Ford’s who says that he saw Ford giving instruction to another woman on how to manage and defeat a polygraph test. (Polygraphs are not admissible as evidence in a court of law.) The Rachel Mitchell testimony (she is the very experienced sex-crimes prosecutor from Maricopa County, Arizona) finds Ford’s testimony lacking. Newspapers did not publish any information about Mitchell’s testimony.

Ford’s story about the “second door” to her house has fallen apart as well. The> including the second door was completed under a building permit granted in 2008. From 1993 to July 2007 Dr, Sylvia Randall listed this address for her practice of psychotherapy, including couples therapy, until her move to Oregon in 2007.

We already know that she lied about her “fear of flying”. With Ford’s testimony falling apart, Democrats tried for the temperament thing, and that didn’t go over because it’s silly, so the Democrats are in hot pursuit of the idea of perjury, in that Kavanaugh lied in his testimony about his drinking at Yale, or somewhere or anywhere. Guy Benson at Townhall refutes Schumer’s speech and his hypocritical political speech on the whole process.

Democrats just cannot believe that anyone does not have a whole viable case of reprehensible actions just waiting to be discovered, and by golly, they are going to find the thing that will suffice to dump him, and force Trump to choose somebody else, so they can start this whole circus all over, keeping a Conservative off the Court until Democrat regain their well-deserved control over the lives of ordinary Americans.



About the Politics of Personal Destruction by The Elephant's Child

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I just blamed what we have called the Trump Derangement Syndrome on Kathy Griffin’s severed head stunt, which demonstrated that there were no barriers of truth, taste, or decency for Democrats — they were now free to attack in any way they chose, a “can you top this” contest in which you got brownie points for being disgusting. Anything goes in the battle to attack Trump.

You wouldn’t go far astray in suggesting that Minority Leader Charles Schumer is the “Kathy Griffin” of the Senate.

“The Democrats have suddenly lost interest in the sexual assault claim that they claimed was central to Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court? We’re now in the “temperament”phase. Judge Kavanaugh’s visible and justifiable anger at having his reputation destroyed, his years of public service attacked and his family publicly attacked — supposedly showed that he did not have the temperament to serve on the Supreme Court.  One is supposed to remain passive while his life is being destroyed publicly before the whole nation? simply for political gain. They are now hot on the trail of what might be a case of Judge Kavanaugh’s throwing ice at someone.

Victor Davis Hanson writes:

Conventional wisdom suggests that, if confirmed, Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh forever will be “smeared” and stained by past frenzied unfounded allegations of sexual assault.

Yet the opposite just as well may be true. As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would have withstood every imaginable smear and slander and yet stayed defiant in defending his character and past, proof of both his determination and principles. His near-solitary rebuttal to his Senate accusers may suggest that Kavanaugh could prove to be among the most fearless justices on the Court.

Indeed, the only lasting effect, if any, of the serial smears lodged against him might be that in the future, as in the case of Justice Thomas, Kavanaugh would be essentially immune from progressive media attacks. What he went through likely has inoculated him from the Georgetown-party-circuit syndrome of conservative Supreme Court judges’ eventually becoming more liberal by the insidious socialization within the larger D.C. progressive media, political, and cultural landscape.

Incidentally, contrary to popular opinion, Clarence Thomas hardly remains under a permanent cloud after his ordeal. What stopped further Robert Borking for a while was the resistance and pushback of Clarence Thomas. Far from being ruined by unproven charges, he resisted the mob, got confirmed, and thereby established a precedent that innuendo, ipso facto, would not derail a nominee. For three decades, Thomas has not been regarded as suspect by most Americans but is seen as inspirational for his courage in facing down character assassination.

Christine Blasey Ford’s story continues to fall apart. Nothing in her entire testimony seems to be supported by actual evidence. Those she claimed were with her have denied it. The “second door” thing turned out to be false. She is not a practicing psychoanalyst, she has never completed the requirements of the State of California for certification. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has renewed his requests “for material evidence relevant to allegations of sexual assault … as the Senate exercises its constitutional responsibility of advice and consent for a judicial nomination. I urge you to comply promptly with my requests.”




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