American Elephants


The Suicide of Europe by The Elephant's Child

This one is a must watch video. Prager University is doing a wonderful job with their very short videos to teach short classes, and make us think. There are really important subjects out there, and we must, at our peril, pay attention, and give the matter real thought.

Governments can go haywire. European governments have fallen for guilt. Not just undeserved guilt, but guilt that makes no sense. So they pretend. They pretend that that the problems brought by uninvited immigrants must be ignored, so they can pretend they are being nice. It’s hard to take on difficult problems and work out ways to deal with them. It’s easier to avoid any fights and dissension. But the future is out there, waiting to be — what? You can ponder the possibilities.

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Collusion Against Trump: A Timeline by The Elephant's Child

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist who, she says, tries to give you the information others don’t want you to have. She has put together a timeline of the  FBI / CIA Investigation into “Russian Collusion” and the Trump Presidency, which she describes as a “work in progress.” I called it all a “long-running soap opera,” acknowledging that that is far too frivolous a title.

This is very serious stuff. We have had plenty of campaign scandals over the years, but never before one with the intelligence agencies of the United States colluding to investigate the duly elected President of the United States in an effort to find something criminal with which they can charge the president in order to bring about his impeachment and return governmental power to the Democratic Party where it “rightfully” belongs. Her Timeline helps to put all the disparate events and information into an intelligible order that you can get your mind around.

“Collusion against Trump” Timeline

2011

U.S. intel community vastly expands its surveillance authority, giving itself permission to spy on Americans who do nothing more than “mention a foreign target in a single, discrete communication.” Intel officials also begin storing and entering into a searchable database sensitive intelligence on U.S. citizens whose communications are accidentally or “incidentally” captured during surveillance of foreign targets. Prior to this point, such intelligence was supposed to be destroyed to protect the constitutional privacy rights the U.S. citizens. However, it’s required that names U.S. citizens be hidden or “masked” –even inside U.S. intel agencies –to prevent abuse.

2012

July 1, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton improperly uses unsecured, personal email domain to email President Obama from Russia.

2013

June 2013: FBI interviews U.S. businessman Carter Page, who’s lived and worked in Russia, regarding his ongoing contacts with Russians. Page reportedly tells FBI agents their time would be better spent investigating Boston Marathon bombing (which the FBI’s Andrew McCabe helped lead). Page later claims his remark prompts FBI retaliatory campaign against him. The FBI, under McCabe, will later wiretap Page after Page becomes a Donald Trump campaign adviser.
FBI secretly records suspected Russian industrial spy Evgeny Buryakov. It’s later reported that Page helped FBI build the case.

Sept. 4, 2013: James Comey becomes FBI Director, succeeding Robert Mueller.

For the rest, click here.

Sharyl Atkisson has two books available, the first is Stonewalled: My fight for Truth Against the Forces of Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

The second is The Smear:How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What you Think, and How You Vote.

President Trump has railed against “Fake News” and the media scoffs, but Trump is right. He deserves a lot of credit for his accomplishments and fulfillment of his campaign promises in the wake of a national media that has forgotten it’s role in the government which, they apparently never learned in journalism school, is not to indulge in politics, but to simply try to tell the truth. Instead they have just become the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party.

Prowl around Sharyl Attkisson’s website. You can get her notifications in your email if you choose.



There Was Collusion, but It Wasn’t President Trump! by The Elephant's Child

The first of these videos is of Kim Strassel who has been right on top of this story for the Wall Street Journal, with Tucker Carlson at Fox News. The second is again with Kim Strassel with Jason Chaffetz, former congressman from Utah, on Hannity. Both were posted May 11, the same day.

The third is an interview with Corey Lewandowski, who was one of Trump’s Campaign managers, posted on May 17, a week later. We have now reached the 20th of May, Sunday. So Monday should be a very interesting day indeed.

This is a deeply strange affair. Agencies of the government working to affect the outcome of the upcoming election, by inserting a spy in the campaign of the candidate of the party opposing the Obama administration’s preferred successor.

Agencies of the government are supposed to be public servants and work for the people. We’re perfectly aware that they are carrying out the direction of the party in charge, and the agencies will be carrying out the policies of the outgoing administration, and those policies will probably change under a new administration. But here we have the intelligence sector of the government acting to effect the outcome of the election.

After the election did not produce their preferred candidate, Hillary — we have an investigation of the newly elected president, Donald Trump, cooked up in  an attempt by agencies of the American government to find a crime with which they can impeach the duly elected president.

Government officials can be impeached. It is a way to remove very bad people. First, there must be a crime that is worthy of impeachment. Unfortunately for the Democrats, there was no crime, so a former head of the FBI was selected as an investigator to find a crime. That’s not the way it works. It should have been halted at that point, but there were all the rumors of malfeasance  by “the Russians”.

There seem to be a few stories about someone talking to Russians, there was a goofy cooked-up story by people paid by the Clinton campaign. There has been Hillary who came out with a book to say how she was cheated out of the office and “first woman” label to which she was entitled, and she has been going around the world, collecting money from curious audiences to complain about how unfair it all is and how horrible President Trump is.  Jay Whig, writing at American Greatness today put it very well.

The case against Trump evaporates as Trump has demonstrated unique competence: no one could have withstood the showers of arrows shot at him—many from his own camp and from defectors from the leadership of his camp—and still kept going, let alone kept his promises.

The logjam has busted, as they say. It’s all coming out. The spy has been outed. The inspector general’s case is about to be delivered. The Nunes House Intelligence Committee has received the information they demanded. There has been Collusion. Criminal collusion. This is very big and very bad.  To be continued…



The Irresponsible Press Reached a New Low! by The Elephant's Child

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Again, it’s the talking points. President Donald Trump referred correctly to members of the brutal MS-13 gangs as “animals,” well, all hell broke loose. The Leftist wordsmiths saw what they believed to be an opportunity to impune the president once again. The “racist” President Trump once again called immigrants “animals.” That was an embarrassing lie, they knew it, but —

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

Democrats are scared. They lost the election badly, got a president they dislike, although they might take a look at what he has accomplished for the country, that has not been the case for years. They saw that map of America with the counties that voted Republican, down to the city and county level. Hillary may have referred to the people who didn’t vote for her as “deplorables” but they were simply ordinary people tired of being out of work, tired of food stamps, tired of escalating costs and tired of the dangers they faced from illegal immigrants that no one would do anything about.

Then you have Kanye West, and some black people showing interest in what the president is accomplishing, and it’s pure panic time. Democrats depend on America’s blacks to give them a solid voting block. To keep them in line, they must portray Donald Trump as a racist.

You can always tell when the talking points have gone out. If every Leftist talking head says the same words, you know it’s not an original thought. The Daily Caller has made videos of the talking heads and their talking points. We laugh at them, but the intent is sheer propaganda, and to some extent, it works. The Daily News was again completely irresponsible.

Is MS-13 really that bad, that dangerous? You can go to Google images, enter MS-13, and prowl around an you’ll find a picture of a man’s corpse  with an unbelievable number of big butcher knives sticking into every part of his body, including the face. At Breitbart, John Binder assembled a list of eleven “animalistic crimes” committed by MS-13. The gang was founded in Los Angeles, but moved to El Salvador, and has torn that country apart.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump’s attack on MS-13 gang members, saying, “Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”

Multiple media pundits, including the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin,defended MS-13 gang members against Trump’s “animals” remark, calling the statement “disgusting” and attacking Evangelical Trump supporters. Similarly, the Associated Press was forced to apologize for falsely claiming that Trump was referring to illegal aliens when he made the “animals” remark.

Meanwhile, Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the comment, as Breitbart News reported.

The Washington Post posted a report on the history of MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha late last year, titled “The Satanic History of MS-13” I  have seen reports that suggest that the gangs are active in every major city around the country. I don’t know if that is true, but they are truly dangerous animals, and Americans are not safe.

The sad thing is that we no longer have a media that we can trust. They have forgotten, if they ever knew, the role that they were assigned when this glorious country was founded. Now they are just slimy mouthpieces for the reprehensible Left.

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The Soap Opera of the Century! by The Elephant's Child

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This Mueller investigation has become the soap opera of the century. Some new twist every day. The inspector general’s report on the activities of the FBI is due out soon. It is said to be devastating to the most executive floor of the FBI. The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the founding document of the entire investigation and the FBI is refusing to turn it over.

We flip over and back to questions of law and constitution and who can do what to whom. A special counsel’s investigation is supposed to start with a crime to be investigated, but this one just started with the hope that they would find a crime in the process.  They indicted Paul Manafort for things unrelated to the Russia thing, but although investigating collusion with the Russians to influence the election was the supposed reason for the whole mess, Paul Manafort was supposed to have done something illegal about something entirely different, at a different time.

Andy McCarthy who is invaluable for explaining matters of law in this kind of thing, said “The president’s job is more critical to the nation than Robert Mueller’s investigation.”  And added:

That does not mean Mueller’s investigation is insignificant; it is crucial that we fully uncover Russia’s interference in the 2016 election (the aim of the counterintelligence investigation Mueller was assigned to conduct) so that we can thwart the Kremlin in the future. But it does mean that Mueller’s desire for investigative secrecy and the ability to interview every witness who might have relevant evidence has to give way to other priorities.

President Trump apparently feels that he has done nothing whatsoever wrong, and would like to answer Mueller’s questions to get this thing over with, and his advisors tell him no, that it’s just a trap for the Democrats hope for impeachment. But yes, he could fire Mueller, but it would be bad politics, and so it goes. As I said, the soap opera of the century. We cannot ignore the whole thing, because there might be developments, but… on the other hand we can’t sit around waiting for something that will clarify the entire mess. Ive been around for quite a few administrations, but I have never seen anything like this.

While our attention is fixed on Mueller, North Korea has released their American citizen hostages to the Secretary of State, and the President and First Lady went out to welcome them home at 3:00 clock in the morning. The Iran Deal has been fortuitously dumped, John Kerry is running around trying to get the other partners to the “deal” to do something, but it was never a signed treaty anyway. The Paris Climate Deal has also been fortuitously dumped, and the Left is having vapors over that, but it would do nothing whatsoever for the climate except transfer a lot of advanced countries’ money to the poor countries, which was the idea in the first place. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s show which will undoubtedly have some development that won’t clarify anything.

 



Control the Words, Control the Culture! by The Elephant's Child

From Praeger University: The Language of the Left. It’s really important to understand just how much we are all influenced by Leftist language. From Diversity and Racism to feminism. The best example is the language of the DACA “kids”. They are “children” ( up to about 35 years old) “brought here against their will”, “through no fault of their own” “yearning for a chance of college.”

The actuality is something different. Only 49% have a high school education. 24% are functionally illiterate, and another 46% have only “basic” English ability. The rest are dropouts. For every DACA recipient who joined the military (about 1 in 1000) 2 have committed serious crimes. At least 1,500 have gang membership (Feb. 2017). By August 2017 that number increased to 2,139. Only 76% of DACA “kids” are from Mexico. Mexican immigrants sponsor 6.38 legal immigrants. These figures are from the Center for Immigration Studies.

The U.S. admits about 1 million legal immigrants a year. Over the last 35 years 61% of that number was chain migration.

Over 500 members of MS13 are linked to crime in 22 states. Gang arrests by ICE declined from 4,600 in 2012 to 1,590 in 2014. MS13 is in 40 states and D.C. In Fredrick Maryland, a MS13 member was employed as a custodian in a middle school. His gang leaders in El Salvador instructed him to “take advantage” of America’s “Lenient policies” to bring in new recruits.



Violation of the Logan Act is a Felony by The Elephant's Child

The Boston Globe reported on Friday that former Secretary of State John Kerry is engaging in “shadow diplomacy” with Iran, working secretly with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to save the “Iran Deal.” I have never been an admirer of Mr. Kerry, but this is really beyond the pale.¹

He sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.

With the Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in 2015, Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside. President Trump, who has consistently criticized the pact and campaigned in 2016 on scuttling it, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to continue abiding by its terms.

Kerry also met last month with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and he’s been on the phone with top European Union official Federica Mogherini, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal the private meetings. Kerry has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York, conversing over the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English.

The Obama administration seemed to believe that the evil Bush administration took us into an unnecessary war and killed a lot of Americans for no reason. They figured they would just turn all those little states like Iraq, Lebanon, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan , Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and whoever I forgot, over to Iraq to manage, then we could all have world peace.

Did these people just assume that these people who talk constantly about eliminating Israel, death to America, reestablishing the Caliphate that controlled the entire Mediterranean really don’t mean it? How could a former Secretary of State believe that Iran, with their well known history, believe that they would just shelve their nuclear program and their vicious hatred for the West and make nice with the UN? Did Mr. Kerry not see Prime Minister Netanyahu’s presentation?

This is a clear violation of the Logan Act², which does not get called up all that often. The meaning, however, is very clear, If you’re not authorized to speak for America, you do not get to. When your term is done, it’s done. You are just an ordinary citizen, and the fact that you were once, has no bearing.

The Left was enraged when the Trump administration was inaugurated and took power. They were enraged when Trump went out and started doing things. They have been enraged at everything that has been done. I mentioned before that I believe that they were deeply shocked, not only when Trump won the election, but that it was because of the Electoral College (to which they had never paid much attention) and are now determined to eliminate. They have no understanding of why the founders created such a gimmick. And above all, it was the map of counties in the country that went for Trump. It was red at every level of government clear across the country. In other words they are deeply scared.

The depth and irresponsibility of their hatred is exposed frequently, most notably in Kathy Griffin’s holding up a realistic-appearing severed and bloody Donald Trump head — and assuming that it would be accepted as a joke. That level of naivety is not only common but nearly universal. It suggests a deep ignorance of what it is the other party believes, which is why we get called “deplorables” and Fascists, and Racists, among other vulgarities. Any Democrat should be embarrassed to call a Republican a “racist”, but apparently they are unfamiliar with their own history, as well as the history of the country.

¹beyond the pale: adv, or adj. phr. In disgrace; with no chance of being respected by others; nor approved by the members of a group.

²The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments having a dispute with the U.S. It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government’s position.

ADDENDUM:  I should have added that nobody actually prosecutes anybody with The Logan Act. I presume that it seems so obvious that one should not behave in such a manner, that it seems superfluous. And than the Logan Act itself is very old. Perhaps we should dust it off, and take it seriously once again.




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