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The Democrats Insist This Election Is About Trump by The Elephant's Child

Everything in the “news” today seems to be speculation about the mid-term elections. Nobody knows anything, including the polls. (recall last election)
The most interesting comment I have seen came from Mark Levin, who asked: “Aren’t you getting tired of being called Nazis?” Yes I am. See the previous post on the degradation and politicization of language.

No, Donald Trump is not a Nazi. To the extent to which he is “authoritarian,” that’s why we have presidents – to get things done. And he’s done a pretty impressive bunch of things: When President Trump was elected, Nov. 8th 2016, the DOW stood at 18,332 and has moved up to 26,964. During President Trump’s first year in office, 2017, the DOW has closed at new record all-time highs – 103 times.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 250,000 new jobs were created in October. More people are working in the US than ever before and unemployment is at 50 year lows. In Trump’s first two years, the economy has gained over 4.3 million jobs. If you recall, President Obama said that the economy could not grow at a rate greater than 2% – It was a new era and we just had to get used to it.

The Washington Examiner lists 289 accomplishments in just 20 months. All of which the Democrats hate. But the tax cuts and relief from burdensome regulations have left businesses free to expand, build, improve and hire. People get the courage to act on their ideas and dreams, and introduce new products. I guess that since these were done by the hated Trump, all are derided as evil or wrong, and would be instantly eliminated by the Democrats.

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have reached record lows. Women’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

For all that, President Trump has been called a Fascist, Nazi, Racist, Anti-Semite (his daughter, son in law, and their children are all Jewish), and until he was elected President – nobody ever called him a racist. It’s not just that the insults are misplaced, but that they are so dumb. There are true-believers in the horrors of Climate Change (think nutty Tom Steyer) who are sure that getting us out of the Paris Climate Accords means that the planet will die next month or something, but President Trump was right. It was simply a plan to transfer as much American money to Africa as possible, and the goal of “climate change” is not to keep the planet from warming, but to destroy Capitalism.

Do look at the long accomplishment list.  As they said, It’s 20 months of promise-keeping. Oddly, the Democrats, always right on top of things, have insisted that this mid-term election should be a referendum on Trump, even though he is not on the ballot.

ADDENDUM: I should add that the reason the Democrats have insisted that this election should be about Trump, is because they are sure that hating Trump and all his accomplishments is a universal belief amongst all  but the stupidest Deplorables, and because as David Gerlernter said “Have you noticed that the Democrats have no issues?” And they don’t – other than raising taxes promptly and eliminating all the other useful things Trump has done. They really and truly just don’t understand basic economics.

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For Arizona, A Splendid Lawsuit Against Tom Steyer by The Elephant's Child

The Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Tom Steyer and a renewable energy campaign Steyer supports for launching, what Brnovich claims is a defamatory campaign against him.

Filed on Wednesday, the lawsuit names Steyer and Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona as defendants. Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona — which has benefited from millions of dollars in donations from Steyer — is campaigning to require Arizona electric utility companies derive half their power from renewable energy sources by 2030. The ballot proposal is officially known as Proposition 127.

Brnovich’s lawsuit is in response to Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona’s campaign against him. The renewable energy group has aired attack ads against him, claiming he “bailed out” the state’s largest electric utility company by wording the Proposition 127 ballot language in a way, it argues, puts the proposal in a bad light.

Originally written by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, Brnovich added language to the ballot measure that said utility companies would have to meet the renewable energy mandate “irrespective of cost” if the proposal passes.

The attorney general argues that his office has acted to word ballot language in a way that is most informatie to voters. Brnovich has maintained that the changes are “factually accurate.”

We always want to err on the side of giving voters as much information as possible, especially consumers, he told the Arizona Republic. “When you add a provision to the constitution that starts mandating that 50 percent of that energy has to come from different sources and non-nuclear sources, that will have an impact on the cost.”

Brnovich’s lawsuit is in response to the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona’s campaign against him. The renewable energy group has aired attack ads against him, claiming that he “bailed out” the state’s largest electric utility compny by wording the Proposition 127 ballot measure language in a way that puts their proposal in a bad light. CEHA has aired attack ads calling Brnovich, who is running for reelection, “corrupt” and called openly for Arizona voters to boot him from office. This has happened in the wake of the renewable energy proposal lagging in the polls.

The battle over Proposition 127 has become the costliest ballot measure campaign in Arizona history with each side spending about $40 million. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility is against the proposal and has funded the effort to defeat it.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has spent millions to push his favored renewable energy mandates. He seems to be a “true believer” in the horrors of global warming and has led similar campaigns in Michigan, Nevada and other states. “Renewable” energy, with the exception of nuclear energy and water power dams, remains mostly hogwash.

The wind does not blow steadily, but in puffs and wafts or else gales that are too much for a turbine. Solar energy is too diffuse. There are clouds and rain. Wind turbines kill birds at a disturbing rate, and solar arrays fry them. I don’t know if anyone has studied the effect on the local ecosystem when you are killing off all the birds. Neither wind nor solar can produce the energy required by a normal economy, which requires a steady source of energy that can be depended on.

I wish Mr. Brnovich the best of luck with his lawsuit.



What Has Transformed the Democratic Party? by The Elephant's Child

 

What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism¹, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement? Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are “no moderate Democrats left,” and lately the rantings of Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez confirm that diagnosis.”  ¹(crazy raving)

That was how Victor Davis Hanson began his column “The Origins of Progressive Agony” on October 16 – a question we’re all asking. Obama won the Presidency in 2008 and 2012, and somehow in the process managed to lose control of state legislatures, governorships, the House, the Senate and finally the presidency itself. He managed to cripple the economy, make racial and cultural differences worse, raise taxes and make a mess of foreign policy. It was a divisive presidency. Democrats have never taken a failure at the ballot box well, but this time they went all out in rage and grief.

“The coordinated effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court required the systematic refutation of the entire notion of Western jurisprudence by senators and much of the American legal establishment. And there was no hesitation in doing just that on the part of Senate Democrats, the #MeToo movement, and the press.” That, Victor Davis Hanson wrote on September 30th.

Probably most of you have seen and enjoyed the You Tube composites of prominent Democrats laughingly saying that “Donald Trump is Not going to be president!” I’m not sure of all the presidents between Lincoln and Wilson, but I cannot remember any other election where the losing party behaved so badly. Americans have certainly not uniformly liked the president that they opposed, but this seems to be something new and different. A lot of us thought that some of the excess of Obama worship went way too far, but we didn’t start issuing death threats to his supporters, nor attack them in restaurants.

A president is someone we hire for four years to manage the federal bureaucracy and our relations with the rest of the world. It’s a tough job, and much depends on the people he hires to help him carry out the job. If a president succeeds in keeping the economy moving in the right direction, and manages to keep our relations with the rest of the world on an even keel, he (or she) deserves a lot of credit.

You don’t have to fall in love with him (or her), nor even like him personally. Democrats fell in love with Barack Obama. Electing the first black president gave them enormous credit, and made them feel good about themselves. So they hardly noticed when the economy turned sour, when the much hearlded ObamaCare has been an expensive mess, when he turned the Iraq success sour by pulling the troops out too soon.  His economists told him that economic growth was stuck, and would probably never rise over 2 percent. Obama was loved and admired, but unfortunately his policies were just wrong.

Yes. President Trump tweets. He calls people names. He has orange hair, and his neckties are too long. Many people don’t like the way he talks. Dan Bongino, who is also from Queens, says President Trump talks like someone from Queens who is in the construction business. Trump’s father put him to work with construction crews early on. Neither the accent nor the orange hair, nor even the tweets are what matters. We need to keep our priorities straight.



Hurricanes Are Not Caused By “Climate Change.” Just Nature At Work. by The Elephant's Child

President Trump was asked by “60 Minutes” Leslie Stahl about Hurricane Florence: He said:

“I don’t know that it’s manmade. I will say this: I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs.” … “I’m not denying climate change,” he said in the interview. “But it could very well go back. You know, we’re talking about over a … millions of years.”

“They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael,” said Trump, who identified “they” as “people” after being pressed by “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl. She asked, “What about the scientists who say it’s worse than ever?” the president replied, “You’d have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda.

Well, you can imagine the outcry, Charles Schumer, distinguished Minority Leader of the United States Senate: “If we would do more on climate change, we’d have fewer of these hurricanes and other types of storms. Everyone knows that, except a few.” He added that The Trump administration has done nothing but “move the issue backward.”  Sorry, Senator. The president was actually scientifically, politically, and economically correct. Hurricanes are a natural phenomenon, unrelated to climate change.

“There is no trend in either intensity or frequency of hurricane strikes over the last 118 years. They have nothing to do with so called climate change. Out of the top 10 warmest Gulf of Mexico years since 1860, 7 occurred before 1970, which is before we experienced any significant warming”, according to Dr. Roy Spencer.

“So, all the “experts” can do is make vague claims about how major hurricanes like Michael are what we can expect more of in a warming world, but the data show that – so far at least – the data do not support the theory.”

The damage from Michael and Florence has been extensive, and to see so many houses flattened or disappeared is simply tragic, and the victims have our deepest sympathy. Federal aid and food and water start flowing in as rapidly as possible.

The Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years “Global Warming” refers to the global-average temperature increase that has been observed over the last one hundred years or more. But to many politicians and the public, the term carries the implication that mankind is responsible for that warning. This website describes evidence from my group’s government-funded research that suggests global warming is mostly natural, and that the climate system is quite insensitive to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and aerosol pollution.

Believe it or not, very little research has ever been funded to search for natural mechanisms of warming…it has simply been assumed that global warming is manmade. This assumption is rather easy for scientists since we do not have enough accurate global data for a long enough period of time to see whether there are natural warming mechanisms at work. …

But first let’s examine the basics of why so many scientists think global warming is manmade. Earth’s atmosphere contains natural greenhouse gases (mostly water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane) which act to keep the lower layers of the atmosphere warmer than they otherwise would be without those gases. Greenhouse gases trap infrared radiation — the radiant heat energy that the Earth naturally emits to outer space in response to solar heating. Mankind’s burning of fossil fuels (mostly coal, petroleum, and natural gas) releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and this is believed to be enhancing the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect. As of 2008, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was about 40% to 45% higher than it was before the start of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s. (Do read the whole thing, not long)

The President is visiting Florida and Georgia today, and the first responders and volunteers are working in a massive Federal response:

Here’s a look at that response, by the numbers:

  • A major on-the-ground operation: More than 16,000 Federal employees, including over 8,000 military personnel, have been deployed.
  • Search-and-rescue efforts underway: FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Guard are working alongside state responders and volunteers. As of this morning, they have completed 110 evacuations, 4,193 rescues/assists, 15,287 shelter-in-place checks, 128 animal assists, and 16,827 structural assessments.
  • Power restoration a top priority: More than 35,000 utility workers from 26 states are working to bring power back to impacted areas.
  • Food and water distribution: In Florida, FEMA has provided 715,000 meals and 1.5 million liters of water per day. FEMA has also transferred more than 350,000 meals to Georgia, and 30+ distribution sites are being supported.

The response to Hurricane Michael is continuing. Thousands of industry workers are restoring power and volunteers are serving hot meals and providing shelter and comfort. Over the weekend the president issued a major disaster declaration for Georgia, and additional disaster assistance for Florida. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are knocking on door to help families register for assistance.The President has called for maximum relief. When asked about his biggest priority for the trip, he said “Just making sure everyone is safe and that they’re fed.”



Global Warming for the Two Cultures: Richard Lindzen by The Elephant's Child

The Global Warming Policy Foundation

The 2018 Annual GWPF Lecture
Global Warming for the Two Cultures”
8 October 2018
Richard Lindzen

…..Over half a century ago, C.P. Snow (a novelist and English physical chemist) who also served in several important positions in the British Civil Service and briefly in the UK government famously examined the implications of “two cultures:”
…..A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold’ it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which id the scientific equivalent of :Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?
…..I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question –such as. What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying Can you read? – not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their Neolithic ancestors would have had.
…..I fear that little has changed since Snow’s assessment 60 years ago. While some might maintain that ignorance of physics does not impact political ability, it most certainly  impacts the ability of non-scientists to deal with nominally science-based issues. The gap in understanding is also an invitation to malicious exploitation. Given the democratic necessity for non-scientists to take positions on scientific problems, belief and faith inevitably replace understanding, though trivially oversimplified false narratives serve to reassure the non-scientists that they are not totally without scientific ‘understanding.’ The issue of global warming offers numerous examples of all of this.
…..I would like to begin this lecture with an attempt to force the scientists in the audience to come to grips with the actual nature of the climate system, and to help the motivated non-scientists in this audience who may be in Snow’s ‘one in ten’ to move beyond the trivial oversimplifications.
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The rest of Dr. Lindzen’s lecture is here:
It’s roughly 7 pages, admittedly a little long, but you will understand a lot more of the controversy and reality of the whole global warming issue. Unfortunately there are a lot of people in charge of states who don’t have a clue.

 



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. )



Are You Surprised at How Low the Democrats Will Go? by The Elephant's Child

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Desperate, desperate, desperate Democrats. They have called President Trump every name in the bad name book, they have used every gimmick from Kathy Griffin holding up the mock bloody severed head of the President of the United States, to huge diapered baby balloons, marches on the Washington Mall, with rude signs indicating the hatred and despair of a (not quite) united American womanhood at the resident of the White House, and of course, leaving the usual mess behind for someone else to clean up.

A Special Counsel was appointed to investigate the possible collusion of the President of the United States with Russia, for that nation to interfere in the elections because if Vladimir Putin had not interfered, Hillary would have won. The President needed to be impeached, and Mr. Mueller was supposed to come up with the evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. but in order to be authorized to investigate impeachment, there first has to be some evidence of a high crime. Ooops.

Devin Nunes is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and they are looking into the strange behavior of the leadership of the FBI. Devin Nunes has been attacked by the Democrats here and in California, and now President Trump has ordered the documents of the Russian collusion investigation released to the public with redactions removed, except those essential to national security. It seems to be panic time, and oddly, John Brennan, former Director of the CIA seems very upset.

With all this hullabaloo going on, President Trump seems to be doing a rather splendid job in office. Vice President Mike Pence said the economy is booming because the Trump administration is rolling back Obama administration policies. Not, former President Obama, because you started the boom. More than four million jobs created since Trump took office, record low black and Hispanic unemployment, wages rising at the fastest pace in a decade , and the highest middle class income in recorded history. The Left’s war on energy is over, red tape is being destroyed and unnecessary regulations eliminated. The economy is growing at a healthy four percent, and President Trump is keeping his promises to the people.

Democrat propaganda has supposed to have turned the people against this unworthy (he tweets) occupant of the White House, and it’s not happening. His tweets are supposed to be “unpresidential” and unbecoming to the dignity of the office. Nobody seems to have noticed that they are largely strategic.

A President of the United States is just an ordinary man (or, at some point a woman) with all the flaws and foibles of an ordinary human being. We’re electing him as a CEO of the country to tidy up the place and keep things running and keep us out of trouble for four years, and if he does a good job, we’ll give him another four years. If you look back through the long list of presidents, there aren’t very many outstanding ones. We make a big mistake by falling in love with a president. We are not electing royalty, but a plain — one of us. We have kind of assumed that someone qualified for the presidency needs to have experience in government, but that may be wrong. We’ve thought that governors are our best bet, but we’ve got a large number of governors that are making a colossal mess of their states. It would seem that we need someone who knows how to manage things and get things done, in spite of political and media warfare.  Need I remind you that President Trump is donating his salary to the country?




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