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Impeachment, Impeachment, Russians, Russians, Russians by The Elephant's Child

The Impeachment Circus goes on — and on. What is one to make of it?  Democrats were outraged when Donald Trump became the nominee of the Republican Party. They were on a roll. They had just elected the first black man as President of the United States for a second term, and now they were going to elect the first woman president. These things, the “firsts” are very important to Democrats. They are good people, breaking down barriers, and the “firsts” prove what good people they are.— doing the right thing for the country.

Hillary was well qualified. She had been First Lady, and First Lady of Arkansas too. Then she was Secretary of State, so she was pretty much a shoo-in. But Donald Trump! They were sure that he could not possibly win. Conservatives remembered the Arkansas cattle-futures thing. And the silly lie over the plane spiraling in to avoid being shot down, when there were little girls with flowers waiting on the tarmac. And Benghazi. We knew Hillary was a compulsive liar, and that she drinks too much. Maybe not a shoo-in. But none of these things mattered to the Democrats, or at least they did not overrule the awfulness of Donald Trump. Weird hair, weird Queens accent, unthinkable. They were so sure of themselves that they were completely astounded when Trump won the election, and have been denigrating the Electoral College ever since. Elizabeth Warren just announced that she would get rid of it, first thing! Few on the Left have read the Constitution with enough understanding to know why it is there, in any case.

I think they decided on impeachment the day he was elected. They didn’t care what the grounds were to be, he just had to be gotten rid of. So that’s where we are. There is a video floating around of Adam Schiff saying Russia, Russia, Russia over and over, but I haven’t been able to find it again. It puts the whole thing in proper perspective. They have no sense of President Trump’s accomplishments. They’re not interested anyway. They don’t care about the economy. They care about power, and control. So they can make things go the right way, with the right people in charge, ensuring their continuing control, and ability to make the laws to control the other people out there — us. The Wall Street Journal today titles an article about impeachment “And Congress Shall Be King: The House claims it, and only it, can define executive privilege” Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Thursday summed up the case for ousting President Trump this way:

“Simply stated, impeachment is the Constitution’s final answer to a President who mistakes himself for a king.” Which brings us to the case Democrats made Friday for their second article of impeachment charging “obstruction of Congress.” This would make Congress a king.

The remarkable House claim is that Mr. Trump violated the Constitution because he dared to resist Congressional subpoenas. He cited executive privilege to direct nine “vital” Administration officials not to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.

“President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ vested by the Constitution in the House of Representatives,” the House declares in its impeachment resolution.

The Editorial Board’s response to that:

Shorter version: The House has the unilateral power to define executive privilege, and a President has no constitutional authority to resist. If he does resist, the House can throw him out of office.

That all sums up pretty much what is going on, without the need to listen to the painful long drawn out arguments.  The Journal added that this is contrary to the design and intention of the Constitution’s separation of powers which establishes 3 co-equal branches. Also contrary to any notion of Congress’ subpoena power and a president’s ability to protect his power and deliberate with his advisers. Also contrary to Supreme Court precedents. But I imagine we haven’t heard the last of this.

The senators had a couple of hundred pounds of Hershey’s and a bunch of Fitbits to play with to pass the time. WSJ pointed out usefully that impeachments set precedents even when they result in an acquittal as this one probably will do. The real object was to screw up the 2020 election to the extent possible. They just don’t seem all that excited by their own candidates. It should get more exciting when we get to their convention. At least the two billionaires will liven it up, though they don’t seem to have much else besides a lot of money. I don’t really get what the Russians are supposed to have done, except possibly stolen Hillary’s computer contents, whatever good that would do them.



Sign Up, It’s Free! You’ll Learn Why Climate Panic is a Joke. by The Elephant's Child

Every weekend, I receive a report from SEPP (The Science and Environmental Policy Project) which tells about the goings-on in the environmental world. I am not, by any means a scientist of any kind, I was an English major, generally regarded as useless unless you are going to be a teacher. What an English major learns is how to read boring, tedious pieces, as well as sprightly interesting ones, so you find out smatterings of all sorts of stuff.

My take on the Environment is heavily influenced by the fact that I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, mostly outdoors (see above) have faced down and executed a rattlesnake, and killed large numbers of woodrats. Nasty critters. And climbed a lot of hills. The climate has been changing for millions of years.

When people started to become alarmed about the climate, or at least interested in radical claims, the federal government began to give out grants for those who were investigating the climate. Many professors in some science field suddenly became climate scientists and dreamed up a grant request. They knew, or quickly learned, how to apply for a grant.

A grant meant new equipment, maybe an assistant, prestige! Being the recipient of a federal grant meant that you were being taken seriously and they were interested in the work of your mind and your equipment. Heady stuff.

With new funding, they quickly borrowed computer programs for forecasting the future from Wall Street, They entered what was known about the climate, which wasn’t really very much, and some intelligent guesses, and a lot of iffy prognostications and some suppositions, and tried to start making the future come out the other end of their programs. So we had the “hockey stick” from Michael Mann which showed the climate slowly climbing, and then suddenly shooting up. Well, worldwide panic.

Then they found that the official thermometers around the world were often located next to an air-conditioner exhaust, or next to a trash burner, or located where concrete walls all around radiated heat onto the thermometer. In cities there was a heat-island effect.

The complete TWTW (the week that was) report can be downloaded at this website: http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm… And you can sign up to get it in your email once a week, as well.

Yes it’s slightly hard reading at first, but you’ll get used to the jargon, and enjoy the straightforward approach. Do visit www.drroyspencer.com. Dr. Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville runs the satellite program that measures the temperatures of the earth for NASA, along with Dr. John Christy. And add Climate Depot and Anthony Watts at https://wattsupwiththat.com. With a good percentage of the world convinced that the earth is ending in just 10 or 12 years, we need more informed people out there.

President Trump will get a good dose of climate panic at Davos this week.



The Impeachment Circus Continues! by The Elephant's Child

The Impeachment Circus has moved to the Senate for trial. Nancy Pelosi is operating under the illusion that everyone hates President Trump just as much as she and her cohorts do, because Democrats speak only to other Democrats and are unfamiliar with the ideas of conservatives. They just regard us as the enemy.

She made a big deal of appointing the Democrat judges for the Senate trial. She had special pens made up with her name on them, and handed them out on silver platters. (Really!) Clearly, she seems to believe that this is a very big deal and they will go down in history as ridding the American people of a terrible president. They have struggled so hard to find something to impeach him for. They were so sure in the first place that they would be able to get him for working with the Russians, and that didn’t work, though I think they still believe that was real and they just couldn’t find the evidence.

Nancy Pelosi tweeted on January 14: “American elections should be decided by the American people not by the Russian Government.”

The fairly obvious response is that the American election was decided by the American people. They chose Donald Trump!

You may have thought that Hillary Clinton was the better candidate, and that the first woman to be president would be a big deal, but a very large number of people thought Hillary was a compulsive liar, had been a remarkably poor Secretary of State, was very unlikable, drinks too much, and doesn’t do her homework. And then there was Benghazi.

I have never understood the Democrats’ seething hatred for Donald Trump. Sure he has a funny haircut, uses tanning creme, wears his neckties too long and tweets. So What? He has the American economy booming, the envy of the world. The greatest benefits of the thriving economy have gone to the poorest people, those who were unemployed and now have jobs. We are now a major oil exporter. We have a trade deal with our closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada. The Wall on our Southern border is going up, and the flow of illegal criminals and drugs is being reduced. And he has eliminated one of the world’s worst terrorists, whose plots will no longer threaten us here at home.

Perhaps that is the major reason they hate him. Obama was quite sure that in today’s times there was no possibility of getting economic growth above two percent. Democrats depend on buying votes. Medicare for all, free healthcare, free college, paid off student loans. And here’s this president that they hate and he’s doing all these things that Americans seem to like. They are terrified that he might even be reelected for another four years.

And of course the biggest thing is that they are no longer in control. They see themselves as morally superior, entitled to be in charge, and to have all the most important ruling roles.



The Phony Climate Panic Goes On and On by The Elephant's Child

The British Paper The Guardian, has just published an article with the headline “Australia Fires are Foretaste of Earth’s Future” by someone labeled Thomas D. Williams PhD.

The “apocalyptic” scenes of raging Australian bushfires will become commonplace around the world without a major drop in emissions, the Guardian newspaper warned Tuesday.

The Guardian, which has publicly pledged “to give global heating, wildlife extinction and pollution the urgent attention and prominence they demand,” insisting that the climate emergency is “the defining issue of our times,” has amped up its climate agitation by suggesting that Australian wildfires is the new normal. …

Citing one of the Guardian’s favorite climate “experts,” Richard A. Betts, head of the Climate Impacts strategic area at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter, Harvey says that Australia’s fires would be normal if global temperatures were to rise by 3ºC above pre-industrial levels.

Betts, who along with others has pushed for an intensification of climate rhetoric, such as replacing “global warming” with “global heating,” said that Australia is “a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like.”

Well, except that Australia has said that the fires are manmade and arrested a number of people for arson, including a few who had disobeyed the law by throwing lighted cigarettes out the car window. Scientists here have confirmed that Australia’s brush fires are not caused by “climate change.”

A Facebook glitch revealed that Greta Thunberg’s Facebook page is written by her father Svantes Thunberg and “Climate Crisis Activist” Ardash Prathap. It might be interesting to see who paid for her travel from Sweden across the Atlantic ocean to address the United Nations in New York by sailboat. or who arranged for the speech and her travel around the United States and visits with Hollywood celebrities. All very strange.

A website called “Interesting Engineering” points out that this year will mark the lowest solar activity in over 200 years. No sunspots! Yet we are told that the absence of sunspots represents a cooling phase.

I mention fairly often that Christiana Figueres, the general secretary of the IPCC, in a radio broadcast in early February of 2015, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy Capitalism.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment at the time, the late Christina Stewart, said “No matter if the science is all phony; there are collateral environmental benefits…Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

And I just got a notice from my congressman that indicates that he is proud to sponsor (with huge amounts of taxpayer money) efforts to delay Climate Change with wind and solar, which we have already determined just don’t work. So there you go.

A possible reason why one should be cautious about the activities of government, any government.

Addendum: I should probably add that the world’s 76 best Tide Gauges show a mean 0.34 mm (that’s 34% of one millimeter) rise in sea level. If you don’t recognize a millimeter, it’s smaller than the distance between the two ll’s in the word millimeter. Santa Barbara doesn’t need to paint the white line across the streets to prepare for the rise of the ocean just yet.

Also: Glacier National Park has quietly removed the signs that said the glaciers were shrinking from “climate change”, and replaced them signs and literature that acknowledged that the glaciers are indeed growing.



It Makes No Sense, No Sense at All! by The Elephant's Child

From Hot Air, by Kevin Williamson:

Trump’s wrongdoing is real and significant, but Pelosi et al. never had the moral credibility to make a persuasive impeachment case against him or the political juice to get it done. Democrats were talking about impeachment before the man was ever sworn in as president, and they remain emotionally dependent upon their preposterous tale about Russians on Facebook throwing the election to Trump. (The Russians, for their part, wanted paralyzing chaos and to destabilize the United States politically — Mission Accomplished, Ivan.) The Democrats would have been far better off simply telling the truth about Trump’s failings and challenging him at the polls rather than presenting this as an apocalyptic drama that cannot wait for an election and resolution on ordinary democratic terms. Apocalyptic dramas are pretty hard to sell when unemployment is low, and it is possible to exaggerate the sins of even Donald Trump.

From Hot Air by David Harsanyi:

While civility is an imperative in a decent society, we can’t ignore that Trump’s coarseness has also helped reveal the liberal establishment’s incivility and disdain for anyone who refuses to adopt its cultural mores. I’m sorry, I have a hard time taking etiquette lessons from people who can’t raise any ire over the Virginia governor’s casual description of euthanizing infants but act as if every Trump tweet should trigger his removal from office through the 25th Amendment.

So while I don’t like Trump any better today than I did when writing those critical pieces, I do live in the world that exists, not the one I wish existed. And that world has changed. What I didn’t foresee when writing about Trump’s candidacy was the American Left’s extraordinary four-year descent into insanity.

Most people grew up in a neighborhood where everyone else was much like themselves. They never knew anyone who was significantly different. I didn’t grow up in a neighborhood, but in the country where the closest neighbors were a mile or more away, and nothing like me at all. But here are two Conservatives who don’t like Trump, and yet have trouble with the Left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome. Williamson finds Trump’s wrongdoing real and significant. ?? Harsanyi doesn’t like him because of his coarseness, Yes, Trump responds directly to attacks, and responds in kind. Anybody remember LBJ?
Well government is hard, and the people often do not like their governors, but Trump’s accomplishments would seem to outweigh at least some of the dislike. And yes, the Democrats had decided to impeach him even before he was elected. Trump’s accomplishments in office are amazing and truly welcome.

Yet: “Trump’s Average Unemployment Rate is the Lowest in Recorded History.” There are more women working than at any time in history, and more women currently working than men. The Washington Examiner follows up with “It’s still possible the economy will decline in time for it to hurt Trump in the election. And the Trump presidency has been polarizing for many other reasons. ”

At Powerline, Steven Hayward quotes Joel Kotkin:
For much of the last seventy years, economic growth has lifted the quality of life in Europe, North America, and East Asia, providing social stability after the violent disruptions of World War II. Today, however, many of the world’s most influential leaders, even in the United States, reject the very notion that societies should improve material wealth and boost incomes given what they believe are more important environmental or social equity concerns. . .
Can anyone out there make sense of all this for me? I thought a president was someone you elected to accomplish things and make the economy better.


What You Need to Know About the Southern Border by The Elephant's Child

Naturally, I like to write my own sterling opinions, which I assume are entirely correct, but I have the feeling that you would rather hear it direct from the horse’s mouth, as the saying goes. This is a conversation between Jessica Vaughn for the Center for Immigration Studies and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. He is well chosen to occupy this post with his long experience in the field.

The talking points and misinformation that we normally hear have little to do with the actuality in the field. The flow of people who want to get in to the United States is huge, composed of people from all over the world. But it’s not a simple thing to understand. We hear lots about compassion and concern, and a lot less about the Cartels and their activity which includes not just the Wall, which is being built, but drugs coming across the border. 68,000 Americans died this past year from drugs smuggled in across the Southern Border. Sixty-eight thousand!

There’s lots of human smuggling, sex trafficking, and drugs, the Cartels haul in billions from their take in supporting all this evil. Democrats, interested in compassion, and their own designation as “good people”, are apt to believe that we should care deeply about these poor people who just want to participate in the good life that America promises. It is way more complicated than that.

The estimate is 150,000 people who make it across unchecked, and unaccounted for, not those who are caught and tallied. They assume that the actuality is much larger. Mr. Morgan points out that not all of them are bad people, but a heck of a lot are. The Wall is not an invention of President Trump’s. It is the results of the request of the Border Patrol for a badly needed wall.

Do watch the whole thing. We need more people who understand what the real situation is, and what the Border Patrol faces. We have a lot of Politicians who come up with a lot of false information. It’s a complicated and complex situation, and we need more informed and concerned Americans.



Kimberly Strassel on The Resurgence of Socialism Today by The Elephant's Child

For those of you who are not familiar with her, Kimberly Strassel is a writer at the Opinion Page of the Wall Street Journal, and a perceptive observer of the current scene. Here she appeared on the Eric Metaxis show to discuss her new book on the Resurgence of Socialism today. It is more than worth your time, as is her book.

The remarkable Democrat insistence that President Trump’s removal of perhaps the world’s worst Terrorist leader, Iran’s head of the Quds Force, was an attempt to start World War III passes all realms of sanity into sheer partisan goofiness, and leaves one wondering — what is the matter with these people? They should be celebrating that the world is at the very least a small bit safer. Soleimani was responsible for the death of many U.S. soldiers and an evil presence in the world.

The vague idea that Socialism would improve anything whatsoever demonstrates nothing so much as ignorance of history, and the havoc that misguided idea has created in the world as we know it.




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