American Elephants


A Shooting at a Church in Texas by The Elephant's Child


Every time you think the Democrats can’t go any lower, you’re wrong. The talking points issued become very clear when they all use the same phrases and come up with the same dumb ideas. This time it was insulting all of those who offered thoughts and prayers for the devastated families, victims of a church shooter. “Doesn’t do a lot of good to offer “thoughts and prayers” when the shooting took place in a church where people were already praying, and how disgusting when they could be doing something like banning guns.” Slight variations in the statements,but that’s the gist.

The tragic shooting was not the result of guns. It was a result of the crazed, in this case, person who wielded the gun. Had he not had a gun, he might have used an axe, made a bomb, driven a large truck into the church or any one of hundreds of  other methods. There are all sorts of venues all over the world that have fallen for the Ban the Guns idea, and accomplished nothing whatsoever. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and the highest murder rate.  In Britain the gun laws are very thorough, even the policemen don’t usually carry guns, and a fat lot of good that has done them. One would think that with the rise of mass killings accomplished by driving a very big truck into a crowd of pedestrians, the calls for “gun control” would diminish slightly, but evidence doesn’t seem to sink in either.

Examples of successful killings seem to inspire other copy-cat attempts. Or have you noticed that airplane hijackings seem to have dropped off the roll of evil events. When a major concert venue is attacked, soon there will be another. Now that Hollywood has erupted with major sex scandals, expect other venues, the UN, EU, and governmental bodies will soon have women speaking out. I guess if one person speaks out about the abuse they received, it’s easier for the next person to speak—and the more do, the easier it becomes. Imitation, or some strange kind of validation.

When there is a ugly scene where innocent people are gunned down, it’s completely natural for people to want to do something to prevent it happening again, to stop such killers. A significant percentage of the shooters seem to be clearly mentally disturbed, yet as a society we don’t really know what to do with that information.

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How Goes The Existential War for the Soul of America? by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson  starts off today’s post at American Greatness saying:

“We are in a veritable war of competing visions. The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America.

Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads the fight against it. …

And yet, warts and all, the Trump presidency on all fronts is all that now stands in the way of the completion of what was started in 2009.

He adds that “we are  no longer in an era of liberal reform, it is now a postmodern world of intolerance and lockstep orthodoxy.” that certainly sounds about right.

Trump’s approval polls are supposedly dismal, yet consumer confidence is way up, as is employment, and  unemployment is down, so perhaps the internals of the polls are off.  The media seems to be solidly against Trump and thoroughly confused about what is a valid complaint and what is just silly. Today’s silliness was the occasion of President Trump feeding the Koi with Prime Minister Abe in Japan, when the media erupted because they thought Trump dumped in too much Koi food.  He was following the example of the Prime Minister.

The Bushes, father and son, have announced that Trump is a blowhard, and they don’t approve of him, but where were they when Obama was blithely throwing away the hard progress in Iraq, for nothing, and making the despicable Iran Deal, helping Iran to achieve nuclear weapons.

There are complaints that all that Trump is doing is by executive orders, and the next president can just dump those as Trump is doing now. We’ll see. If President Trump can really get the economy going again, he will be reelected and be the most important president since Reagan.

It seems not to be a financial war, but a class war. Trump sounds like somebody from Queens, and tweets. Apparently letting the public know what he thinks and feels is not “presidential.” Is it bad?  Mr. Trump seems to be an emotional man, and unaccustomed to hiding his feelings.

The Silicon Valley Oligarchs, at least as evidenced by Tom Steyer, who is willing to invest $10 million in the attempt to impeach  Donald Trump, with the help of  Maxine Waters and wassername from Florida who wears the sequined cowboy hats. Strange bedfellows indeed. Mr. Steyer is particularly agitated about the Paris Climate Accords, because he is very worried about the planet’s warming, in spite of a lack of any evidence, since the climate continues to cool. Impeachment requires “high crimes and misdemeanors” and the purported contacts with the Russians seem to be entirely with the Clintons, the Podestas, and the DNC.

I’m pretty pleased with what Trump is doing. I’m impressed with his cabinet, and his judges, and I like what they are doing. Scott Pruitt is stopping the insanity at the EPA, and insisting that regulations be about clean air and clean water. No more midnight raids and outrageous fines for nothing at all. Ajit Pai, Rick Perry, Nikki Haley, Ben Carson, Jack Kelly all doing important work, as are all the rest. It is definitely not all executive orders. What a relief to have Obama’s Rules of Engagement gone. He was so afraid that he might be blamed for something.

It clearly is a War of competing visions, and our millennial generation according to polls, apparently thinks socialism or communism would be just fine. I would suggest that their tender feelings and need for safe spaces would not fare well under those regimes, but they apparently aren’t learning anything at all in our universities for their $60,000 a year.

There is quite a bit that really needs to be done, but there’s an enormous amount of nonsense floating around. Democrats have major problems with human nature,and want to fix it. They are all hung up on ideas of racism, white supremacy, inequality, diversity, hate speech, global warming, the survival of the polar bears, and gun control. Issues that are focus group-tested to stir up Democrats, but will not respond to ‘fixing’.  Not very impressive as a goal.



Washington State General Election Nov. 7. American Elephant Endorses! by The Elephant's Child


The picture isn’t us, but it captures the spirit of the occasion.

Off-year elections don’t get as much attention as presidential election years, but they are every bit as important for they affect city and county positions, school boards, fire districts, and as is usual a series of proposed tax increases. The Democrats, of course, want more money. Washington State has no income tax, and it would take a Constitutional amendment to get one, and they’re working on it.  In the meantime, raising the property tax to aid “vulnerable populations” — not just modestly—they want to double it! Vote NO  That’s just plain greed.

In the 45th District in the State Senate, Jinyoung Lee Englund, a most attractive newcomer, is the most important candidate in this election. Her election would keep the State Senate from moving to Democrat control, which would be a disaster. Washington might face a constitutional reform to allow a state income tax. We don’t need it, they are just  grasping for power, a characteristic of the Left.

Her opponent, Manka Dhingra,  has said she is willing to raise taxes and support heroin injection sites in King County. This is a batty idea of how to save addicts from overdosing, by providing a nurse at sponsored injection sites. A few days ago it was reported that a young man brought his heroin and needle and told the nurse at the injection site that he had never done this before and wanted to do it right — so the nurse showed him how to use the rubber tubing, and where to inject. How to solve the opioid  crisis! Englund is the daughter of a disabled vet, and the wife of a currently deployed serviceman, and a terrific candidate.

Also for the State Senate, 7th Legislative District on the East side of the State, Shelly Short, and in the 31st District, Phil Fortunato.

For the State House, in the 7th Legislative District: Vote for Jacquelin Maycumber, and in the 31st Legislative District: Morgan Irwin.

Seattle is electing a new mayor, which we hope will be Jenny Durkan. The previous one was forced to resign after another sex scandal. After the Mayor’s office, the second most powerful office is City Attorney. Seattle has more than 400 illegal homeless encampments, mostly drug addicts, and the highest property crime rate in the country. Time for a new City Attorney. Vote for Scott Lindsay.

The Bellevue City Council is facing some big problems, and some of the incumbents favor building low barrier homeless shelters near schools, parks and residential neighborhoods. “Homeless” is a term the left gave to the addicts sleeping under the freeways, to encourage sympathy, rather than actual help. It’s all about feelings, not assisting in recovery efforts. Conrad Lee is a long time successful councilman who pays real attention to taxes and thrift and responsible spending and should be returned for another term, and as many more as he wants. Jared Nieuwenhuis is an active volunteer, who puts neighborhoods first, wants to reform city hall (splendid idea), supports sustainable growth (apartments are going up all over, and the whole nature of the city is being changed). Steve Fricke is a former Deputy King County Criminal Prosecutor, an engineer, attorney, and community volunteer. Philip Yin, a journalist and small businessman, knows about the problems of small businesses. He will increase transparency, and keep our neighborhoods safe.

There are times when you just have to stand up to be counted.

 



Victor Davis Hanson: “The Mythologies of the 2016 Election” by The Elephant's Child

What really happened in the election and why, and why the Democrats are in such trouble today. I hope you have time for this, because it’s very important. A lot has happened since, and Dr. Hanson explains it.  I posted this a while back, but it bears repeating. It’s hard to find time for anything that lasts more than 15 minutes, I thought you’d have more time on the weekend.The president’s poll numbers may be down, but the economy is up, consumer confidence is up—the highest level since December of 2000. So why are Trump’s poll levels down? Depends on just who they are polling.

We’re in a poorly understood battle today.  The Democrats seem to have gone insane, but they are only firmly out of power, except at the municipal level. We have some remarkably bad mayors out there. Democrats are determined to bring down this president, because they have nothing else. Obama left their party in ruins, and now Hillary’s emails are being released by the FBI, and it may yet be revealed what she was up to. They want her to go away quietly, but the eternal book tour continues.

This video again explains what happened and why — and why we must recognize the Left’s efforts to bring disgrace or impeach this president for disagreeing with them and their agenda.



Victor Davis Hanson “How Did the Universities Change So Badly” by The Elephant's Child

We’ve all watched the complete insanity going on in our Universities and wondered how did we get here? Why can’t the college administrators act like grown ups, and send these misbehaving kids home promptly? This one is brief, only 10 minutes.

At Mizzou, enrollment is way down, some dorms had to be closed, and at every other campus where riots and misbehavior took place without consequences, enrollment is down, donations are down, and new student enrollment is down. At Evergreen, George Bridges reportedly had to seek psychological counseling over the summer, and the professor who was attacked won a significant lawsuit. That would seem to be a sign that all is not well in higher education.

I’m not at all sure that they understand it even yet. Parents send their kids off to be educated, not indoctrinated — and at outrageously exorbitant cost.



“Trumpism Goes International” by The Elephant's Child

Fascinating post at American Greatness: “Trumpism Goes International

You wouldn’t know it from listening to the mainstream media, but some powerful, left-wing European and Asian countries are emulating Donald Trump’s economic plans, including tax cuts, regulatory reforms, and fair and equitable trade policies.

These reforms are America’s most historic economic changes in 25 years, for which President Trump has been roundly criticized. Even so, influential nations are not only copying these policies, they are also describing them as historic cultural shifts.

Deciphering America’s mood and what’s going on in the heart of the country won the election for Trump. But the president has also tapped into the world’s mood, and other countries have picked up on his agenda. This is radical and revolutionary stuff. Practices, proposals, legislative changes, and economic agendas unseen since the Reagan presidency are once again on the table. What is fascinating is how little awareness of these events the American press or elected officials seem to have, nor do they have any idea of their significance.

Do read the whole thing. It is worth pondering. Certainly the European Union has become something of an empire, unresponsive to its member countries and unimpressed with the problems they are imposing on them. Europe has had long experience with empires, and one would think that they learned some lessons, but elites never seem to grasp the moment when they have just gone too far. And they are oblivious to the fact that the migrants they are imposing on their member countries have their own empire, which they plan to install in Europe, over the coming decades.

At some point, Europe will awaken and notice what is going on around them, but will it be in time? Or we all so captivated by the ongoing anguish and outrage and end of the earth angst that we cannot recognize what is really going on around us either?



The Clinton Campaign and the DNC Funded the Trump Dossier by The Elephant's Child

It has been revealed by The Washington Post that the Clinton Campaign and the DNC paid for the research that produced the Russia dossier from which came the allegations that there were links between  President Trump and Russia and some kind of coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin. No wonder Hillary was so insistent about Trump’s Russian connections, her campaign had paid Fusion GPS to produce evidence.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer from Perkins Coie, who worked for the Clinton campaign and the DNC hired Fusion GPS in April, 2016 to investigate Trump. Fusion GPS hired former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to look into Trump’s activities and contacts in Russia. Steele had worked in Moscow during his time in British intelligence. He eventually produced a 35 page dossier consisting of 17 memos dated between June 20, 2016 and Dec. 13.

Fusion has refused requests from Congress and even in lawsuits to reveal the identities of its clients, and news reports had been vague. A Republican donor who was extremely opposed to Trump reportedly hired Fusion in September of 2015, to conduct routine opposition research, but his identity has not been revealed.

According to the Post, the Clinton Campaign and the DNC paid Fusion through the end of October 2016 just before the election, which they expected to win handily. Federal Election Commission records show the Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie a total of $5.6 million since November of 2015.

Democrats are weary of Hillary’s book tour, she’s been to England and Canada to sell the book and complain about the unfairness of it all. They wish she would quietly go away. Former candidates are usually not ready to give up, but the people have moved on. The Russia connection is over, but the rage against Trump in general (racist, sexist, fascist) continues even as the list of his accomplishments piles up.

And what was the part of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her aide who is under indictment? Former DNC chairman Schultz and current leaders of the DNC claim they have no knowledge that the national party was involved with funding a dossier compiled by a British spy which contained scandalous accusations about President Trump. Keith Ellison and Tom Perez claim no knowledge of any association with Perkins Coie. The mystery thickens. There is clearly much more that will and should come out. It’s not going to be pretty.

ADDENDUM: According to a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission, the Clinton campaign violated election laws when they failed to report the campaign’s payments for the Russian Dossier.

The complaint from the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said the Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.

“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and strategy at CLC and a former FEC official. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”

Then there is this posted by Steven Hayward at Powerline. It’s both a don’t miss this, and too cringe inducing to bear. Do watch at least the small excerpt if you can, and the whole thing if you can stand it. Sad.




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