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The Left: Explained! by The Elephant's Child

Here is a speech by Dennis Prager, given a few years ago, in which he summarizes, or explains the Left. Do you find yourself wondering a lot— why are they doing this? Why are they saying this? What is the matter with these people?

Not much has changed in the past seven years. The Left is still Left, searching for more power so they can get rid of those pesky Conservatives who are so annoying, and so wrong about everything.

Oh, new terminology pops up now and then, but they continue to regard us as uneducated racists from flyover country. They seem unable to consider or recognize consequences. Life is full of miseries, but if we just let them be in charge, they would all be fixed.

In spite of all evidence to the contrary, they remain sure that if only they don’t have to be bothered with the dissent from us, they will create a brave new world where everyone is equal and there are no more wars and everything and everyone is properly diverse, and no one will be poor or needy and…

It’s a 40 minute video, so watch it tonight if you must, but it’s really worth your time.

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“Greens” Embarrass Themselves Once Again by The Elephant's Child

King Cove is back in the news again. An Alaskan tribal council voted yesterday to aid the Department of the Interior in a lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmental organizations against  the Department of the Interior and Secretary Zinke over a federal land swap to save Aleutian tribal lives.

In January Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a land swap that would turn over 500 acres of federal wilderness to King Cove, Alaska, so the small city could complete the construction of a land route to Cold Bay, and the region’s only all-weather airport.

King Cove is a small fishing town of about  1,000 souls on the remote Aleutian coast. They call themselves King Cove City. People there have accidents, have babies, have trauma and other health issues that may need fairly immediate attention. For emergency cases they must get to the all-weather World War II airport in Cold Bay, 11 miles away. They requested of the Interior Department a 11 mile-long, one-lane gravel road which would provide for all-weather access for transportation for the 600 miles to Anchorage and doctors and hospitals.

At least 18 residents of King Cove have died because foul weather prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching King Cove. The town has a clinic for ordinary accidents, but no doctor and no hospital. It has a tiny airport, which is frequently socked-in with gale-force winds or fog. Back in March of 2014, Etta Kuzakin, a 36-year-old resident who was the tribal president, needed an emergency Caesarean section after going into early labor with her daughter. Giving birth in King Cove could have killed her and her baby. Medevac flights were grounded by ugly weather. She waited in labor for ten hours when a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was finally able to fly her out. Mother and daughter survived, thanks to the Coast Guard.

Sally Jewell, Obama’s Interior Secretary, met with Aleutian citizens in the gymnasium at King Cove to listen to their request for a single one-lane gravel lifeline to a dependable airport.  Ms. Jewell, former head of R.E.I. told her King Cove audience that “I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals.” She rejected the road, saying that “it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.”

Waterfowl fly, hop and walk. They are quite able to walk off a rarely used road to avoid being run over by a vehicle. They are not flightless species. A waterfowl’s potential annoyance at having to move trumps human life every time? Environmentalists always leave a mess behind.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a land swap in January, turning over 500 acres of federal wilderness to King Cove to finish their road. Five hundred acres sounds like a lot of land, but it isn’t really much. I grew up on 400 acres, and I knew every inch. King Cove residents have been begging for this road for 35 years. At least 18 King Cove residents have died from causes related to not having a road available.

Nine ‘environmental’ groups, led by Friends of Alaska Wildlife Refuges, are pushing to block the land swap. They are accompanied by all the usual suspects: Wilderness, Audubon, Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and 4 others. One would assume that the idiocy of their lawsuit would be so apparent that there would be no contest, but Sally Jewell demonstrates the closure of the leftist mind. This is a swap, not a giveaway.

King Cove Corporation Spokeswoman Della Trumble said “After fighting for decades for a road, we will do everything in our power to defend the land exchange. This is a matter of life and death for us.”



Adventures with Cats, as Promised. by The Elephant's Child
February 24, 2018, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Health Care, Heartwarming, History, Humor | Tags: , ,

I have two cats. They are indoor cats. Our neighborhood is a wooded Seattle suburb, with streams and parks and a botanical garden, which means that we have coyotes, racoons, owls and other wildlife dangerous to cats, not to mention cars. We have a deck, sunny most of the year, where they can safely go outside. One is a black and white Tuxedo cat named Scarlett, after Scarlett O’Hara who was adored by men who were captivated by her charm, but a bitch underneath, and she rules the roost. The other is a grey and silver cat with a white chest and paws in an indescribable color mixture, larger than Scarlett. but completely cowed. Pretty though. Both female. The latter is Sabrina, because she came with that name. Sabrina had to go to the vet on Thursday for her annual check-up, rabies shot and a rash all over her head and in her ears. Battery of usual tests. Drops for ears. $$$

Friday. Missing cat. Where is Sabrina? Combed the house, granted, it’s a fairly large house with too much stuff, but cannot find the cat. Searched the house again. The elephant did another thorough search. I did a thorough search. The elephant began to wonder if Sabrina got out when he took out the garbage on Thursday night. I searched the house again, looking for unusual hidey-holes. No cat. Colder than the proverbial whatever outside, will the missing cat freeze? The Elephant searched around the house, searched the shed, under the car, under the deck. Consulted the neighbors and searched around their houses. No cat.

We once had a cat who shot outside when I opened the front door and disappeared. Never saw him again, presumably a victim of wildlife. We belong to a neighborhood online message board. Put in an urgent cry “Lost Cat”. Many neighbors responded, nobody had seen a cat, but kind wishes for her safe return. Have a full-length mirror in one corner of the spare bedroom. Hours pass, gets dark. Frantic. Lo and behold — there she is, curled up, hiding in the corner behind the mirror. Responded to kind neighbors, thanks for good wishes, Cat found.

Found cat falls over, cannot walk straight, eyes all squiggly. Aaagh! Late and very cold. Vet long since gone home. Call the emergency vet and take the cat right in. Problem is with ears, may have a punctured ear-drum or just  overenthusiastic ear cleaning. Prescribes Dramamine for the inner ear problem which  causes the falls and drunken sailor stagger. Elephant returns with Sabrina, heads to 24-hr pharmacy for Dramamine. $$$  Have to chop people pills down to size for cat. Cat’s eyes all darting uncontrollably back and forth, she can’t walk right, falls over. Goes to sleep in kitty litter, thankfully, clean. Kind neighbors thank us for thanks. One offers that they lost their cat for 2 days and eventually found her hiding in the garage — because CAT.  That pretty much sums it up.

Both cats get medicine in pill-shooter, followed with syringe of water. Each must avoid the other’s food. Scarlett is fine, gaining weight and cannot get enough to eat. Sabrina asleep in a basket in a large box. Eyes better, ear medicine 2x a day, Dramamine 2x day. So far, so good. But must eat, and won’t.

This will be deeply uninteresting to those who have no pets, or only a dog. I have always had pets, multiple. When I was born, my parents got a new puppy, half St.Bernard, half Great Pyrenees. We were inseparable. He was followed by more St.Bernards, bunnies at Easter, a spaniel/shepherd mix, multiple cats, a relay racehorse, who departed quickly when she ran away with me when she tried to outrun a logging truck, and was replaced by a more amenable steed, two Shelties, a Siamese cat, and a beloved Lab. Adventures with animals. If you have no pets, you don’t know what you’re missing.



Adventures With Cats by The Elephant's Child

A Day unlike most days, filled with unusual adventures. I will try to report tomorrow, but it’s very late and I need sleep.



Bet You Didn’t Hear About This One! by The Elephant's Child

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Rwandan President Paul Kagame praised President Donald Trump. From SAAGAR ENJETI, White House Correspondent for the Daily Caller:

“I wanted to thank you for the support we have received from you, personal, and your administration. And we’re looking forward to also working with the United States at the level of the African Union, where we are tightening out reforms of the African Union, so that we get our act together to do the right things,” Kagame said to the president. “I thank you very much.”

Kagame is not the first African leader to praise Trump since he allegedly called countries on the continent “shitholes” in a private meeting with Senators in early January.

“America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly.”

“In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

You probably didn’t  hear about that one if you don’t read the Daily Caller.

Jeb Bush appeared in the news again today to say that Trump was racist.



Senator Schumer’s Shutdown by The Elephant's Child

Well, of course, that was then, and this is now. So it’s different. The matter of “the Dreamers” is urgent, and we must get approval to let them all stay, but not so fast. From the Center for Immigration Studies:

There are an estimated 790,000 DACA recipients in the country. The open border crowd discusses an amnesty for  the “Dreamers” (as opposed to DACA recipients) in order to have an amnesty cover as many of the illegal population as possible. And yes, the “Dreamer” population is probably over 3 million. These numbers, if chain migration is not eliminated, will have huge repercussions for demographics for years, and every study I have ever seen shows this population votes for big government.

But it is not just illegal immigration, it is massive legal immigration and our emphasis on chain migration that is causing a shift in politics.

Did you get that? The open borders crowd is talking about an amnesty for the “Dreamers” a much larger group (over 3 million individuals) of illegal aliens.

Federal immigration policy has allowed about 30 million legal immigrants to settle permanently in the United States since 1980. This has affected all areas of American life, not the least being electoral politics.

Progressives openly debate the immigration issue in political terms. Labor-union official Eliseo Medina, for instance, has promoted amnesty and increased immigration as a means to “expand and solidify the progressive coalition for the future” in order to “create a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle.”

For the Left, it is all about compassion. It proves to Progressives just how nice they are because they care—and the rest of us don’t. By establishing their compassion for the downtrodden, they have fulfilled their niceness obligation, if any, and can get on with the goal of getting back in control.

Of course much of the government shuts down every weekend. Or do you recall Obama’s big shutdown when he shut down all the National Parks, and spent a bundle to make sure that visitors were unable to even see Mt. Rushmore, and the Honor Flights of Vietnam Veterans were unable to see the monument they had come to Washington D.C. specifically to see. So embarrassing.

So how many legal and illegal immigrants do we need to import? The world population clock says there are 7.8 billion people in the world, but of course we don’t know at all, it’s all guesswork. New immigrants are mostly potential Democrats. That’s because they are mostly Hispanic. Pew has found that 55 percent of Hispanics have a negative view of Capitalism. 75% prefer a bigger government that offers more services, while only 19% favor a smaller government that offers less services. Asians too, prefer bigger government and more services. This is from a 2012 study, but it does provide some fuel for thought.

Free enterprise and capitalism and a market economy are what has made America great. How odd that the Left should be so opposed to that, but of course that is why they are the left. I suspect that they simply do not understand the consequences of their actions, and their analysis stops at the goal of control.

There are four primary sponsors for the DREAM Act, including Democrats Durbin (IL) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Republicans Graham (SC) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.). All four sponsors are part of the “Gang of Eight” that introduced the overweening and intellectually dishonest amnesty legislation into the Senate in 2013 only to see it go down in flames in the House.

The projected deficit the legislation would create is huge, and poses serious questions about both Flake’s and Graham’s claims to being fiscal conservatives, as my colleague Art Arthur has already noted. This is from Graham’s official website:

Our immigration system is a mess. Every last bit of it is haywire and it badly needs to be reformed. Many people are seduced by the claims that swirl around the system — we are all immigrants, America is a nation of immigrants, immigrants have contributed so much to America, and so on and on. Some have, some have not. We get caught up in slogans all too easily.

According to the Congressional Budget Office with the Joint Committee on Taxation:

CBO and JCT estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting S. 1615 [the Senate’s bill number for the DREAM Act] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period, boosting on-budget deficits by $30.6 billion and decreasing off-budget deficits by $4.7 billion over that period.

One of the erroneous facts being reported by the media is that the DACA program expires entirely in March, “a date that Republican leaders have cast as the actual deadline for action.” Not true. There is no deadline, despite the urgency being dredged up by CNN and ABC. Any panic they can arouse will result in click bait for the leftist media.

Just ran out to get something at the Pet Store, and on the radio an announcer was intoning that “we are nearing the second day of the government shutdown” in dramatic fashion, completely unaware that the government essentially shuts down every Friday night, as workers take the weekend off.  The incompetence of the current media never ceases to amaze.



Common Sense Trumps Environmental Overreach by The Elephant's Child

The good news just keeps flowing out of the Trump administration. Today it is the case of a tiny Aleutian village—King Cove, Alaska.  It is a remote fishing village with around 1,000 inhabitants. The town has a clinic, but no doctor and no hospital. Their tiny airport is often locked in by gale-force winds and fog. When there’s a trauma case, childbirth, complications of all sorts, they must get to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay, 22 miles away for transportation for the 600 miles to Anchorage, hospitals and doctors.

King Cove residents have requested of the Interior Department a 22 mile long, one-lane gravel road to Cold Bay which would allow for all weather access to lifesaving medical care. Here’s the rest of the story I wrote back in 2014:

Etta Kuzakin, a 36-year-old King Cove resident who serves as Agdaagux tribal president, needed an emergency Caesarean section in March after going into early labor with her now 9-month-old daughter. Giving birth in King Cove could have killed her and her baby. Medevac flights into King Cove were grounded by ugly weather. Ms. Kuzakin waited in labor for ten hours until a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flew her out in the afternoon.

“If there had been a road, it would be two hours out,” she said. “I sat there in labor not knowing if I was going to die or my kid was going to die. Pretty traumatic.” Fishing is also hard work, and injuries are common. According to local Aleutian elders, 19 people have died since 1980 because bad weather during emergency evacuations prevented them from getting out.

Sally Jewell, former U.S. Interior Secretary, met with Aleutian citizens in the gymnasium in King Cove, to hear their request for a simple one-lane gravel lifeline to a dependable airport. Ms. Jewell, former head of REI, told her King Cove audience thatI’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals. She rejected the road, saying that it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.”

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will swap federal land with the Aleut of King Cove AK, on January 22, answering decades of pleas from local officials for a road.”

King Cove residents have pursued building an 11-mile, single-lane, non-commercial road between King Cove and the Cold Bay Airport for the past 35 years. In that time, at least 18 people have died from causes attributable to not having a road between the community and airport, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. …

Since 2013, 68 medevacs have evacuated King Cove residents to the airport for life threatening injuries or other immediate medical needs. Because the community is isolated, each medevac costs U.S. taxpayers as much as $210,000 a trip, TheDCNF has learned.

Environmentalists have argued for the purity and preservation of the Wilderness Act, but exceptions are possible, and Ms. Jewell was out in left field. She was a former head of REI, and, I assume, a city person unfamiliar with driving in the country where herds of sheep can often block the road, but even those can be moved off with a little shooing. This was not exactly a freeway that the Aleuts were asking for. Birds, even large ones, are moveable species, and unlikely to build nests on a road. Traffic was likely to be rare.

Democrats are apt to put great weight on their “compassionate” character. They care. Except when they don’t. But they believe that they do, and castigate Republicans constantly for their uncaring nature. Uh huh. You will notice that their fidelity to Green causes trumps compassion every time, except when you are talking about cleaning up your own mess after a demonstration.

Good for Secretary Zinke, good for President Trump, and I’m delighted that the Aleuts will get their simple one-lane gravel road.

You might enjoy William Voegeli’s 2014 book The Pity Party. The subtitle is “A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion.” The Amazon comment “a scathing and reasoned critique of the politics of liberal compassion—and why liberals’ lack of interest in the results of their policies renders them unfit to govern.” It’s spot on.




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