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Democrats Hark Back to William Shakespeare for Inspiration by The Elephant's Child

Three Representatives in the House (Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramilla Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) introduced legislation to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed earlier Thursday that he planned to schedule a vote on the bill.

The three Dems said if a vote comes to the floor, they will vote against it. Republicans were delighted with the opportunity to force Democrats to take a difficult vote. A lot of Democrat voters want ICE abolished because they don’t understand what ICE does and assumes they rip innocent children from their mother’s arms. ( No, that’s the Border Patrol) because they’ve seen the pictures of kids in cages (Those were Obama’s cages, not Trump’s). ICE are the police of immigration. They try to remove the illegals who have committed serious crimes from the country, like those who are sex-trafficking children, committing violence or bringing in drugs.

The GOP lawmakers said Democrats should be willing to show their constituents where they actually stand on the issue.

“Democrats have been trying to make July 4th about abolishing ICE, which is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill. “I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue.”

Republicans have blasted the legislation, arguing eliminating the agency would lead to an influx of human and drug trafficking as well as gang violence, and increase the country’s risk of being subjected to an act of terrorism.

I think this is a perfect example of Shakespeare’s idiom in Hamlet “hoist with his own petard” A petard is a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching the castle walls.

Shakespeare’s phrase, “hoist with his own petard,” is an idiom that means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap”, implying that one could be lifted (blown) upward by one’s own bomb, or in other words, be foiled by one’s own plan.

A little humor is always welcome, especially if it’s actually funny.

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The Belief System of the Anointed Explained by The Elephant's Child

Well, all is explained. Daniel Greenfield, real investigative reporter, explains why Trump Derangement Syndrome: More Democrats Believe in UFOs Than America”

58% of Democrats believe in UFOs, but only 32% are proud to be American. Only 37% of Republicans believe in flying saucers, but a full 80% are proud of their country.

Almost twice as many Democrats are willing to believe in being abducted by space aliens than in their country. Hillary Clinton had promised that if elected, she would find out the truth about the little green men and suggested that the planet had already been visited by aliens.

“Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51,” she suggested.

The chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, John Podesta, an obsessive UFO buff, appeared on an episode of Ancient Aliens which claimed that Hillary Clinton was defeated to suppress the truth about space aliens.



Scott Adams Takes on the #Walk Away Movement With a Truth Bomb by The Elephant's Child

Scott Adams is the creator of the cartoon series “Dilbert” with his personal take on office life. His recognition of the reality of what most of us who spent much of our lives working in offices experienced, made him a person who offered more interesting opinions than the usual ones out there. He has developed an extensive following for the videos he posts on his blog for just that reason.

Here he considered the #Walk Away movement begun by Brandon Straka. Adams admits that he did not take it seriously at first, until he  listened to Straka’s reasoned account of why he is leaving the Democratic Party, and saw that Straka was not leaving because of policy differences. Here Adams explains the difference between the right and the left. and between Trump and the organizing efforts on the Left — Fear.

It’s a more serious take on what most of us have referred to as the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and our bewilderment at its excesses, which are not only enormous, but more or less insane. Banning ICE? The agency that removes criminal illegals from our midst, tries to get them before they commit more murders and mayhem. Because you don’t like the pictures taken during the Obama administration of children actually in cages? That, by the way is not ICE, but the Border Patrol. ICE is after the criminals, and trying to protect you.

There was just a video circulating that showed a crowd of people out to protest when ICE raided a house in an Oakland neighborhood because they thought they were after an illegal alien. ICE was actually trying to apprehend a gang of child sex traffickers, the truly despicable among illegals. Do watch Scott Adams. He makes some pretty important points.

You might want to check in on You Tube to see all the responses to the #Walk Away movement.



President Trump Once Again Fulfills his Promise by The Elephant's Child

President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh has served for 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has written more than 300 opinions that involve every significant constitutional issue including separation of powers and federalism. The Supreme Court has adopted the logic of 11 of his opinions in whole or in part. He is among a younger generation of judges who base their rulings on the text of the Constitution and Congressional statute. He has the experience and intellect to be a leader on the Court, rather than a predictable vote on an issue.

Naturally, the Left has erupted with the usual silliness. Kavanaugh will end Roe v. Wade, put gay men in jail, and whatever else they can come up with.  That’s not how the Supreme Court operates. They are the court of last resort whose duty is to apply and defend the United States Constitution to the particular case before them. Mr. Trump promised to select a Justice “who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written,” and that is just what he has done.  Judge Kavanaugh has a record that suggests that he will help to restore the Supreme Court to its proper, more modest role in American politics and American society.

The serious and thoughtful men who wrote and adopted the U.S. Constitution were intent on preserving the freedoms and rights that the country had just fought a long bloody war about. They recognized the imperfect nature of mankind and how easily freedom could be lost to bad ideas. And we always have a remarkable quantity of bad ideas in our society as in any society.

The hard Left just won an election in a safe Democratic district with a young “Democratic Socialist” who is remarkably free from any knowledge of history, politics or international affairs. Dumb as a post. And she tried to palm herself off as just a girl from the Bronx, not. She left the Bronx as a small child and grew up in a tony Westchester suburb with her successful well-to-do architect father. But she had the Hispanic name for a district that is largely Hispanic

Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take on Judge Kavanaugh, and here is John Hinderaker at Powerline.



Here’s What Real Fact-Checking Looks Like by The Elephant's Child

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It has become clear that a goodly percentage of the  news sources that Americans rely on have abandoned all pretense of non-partisanship. Many outlets have become so emphatically partisan that they cannot be relied on at all. For major networks and newspapers, that is a scandal, and a deep disservice to the American people. That, of course, is only partly true. Most have always been partisan to some degree. This time around, it is simply worse than usual. President Trump tweets about “fake news” and the left is outraged. How dare he!

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale recently tweeted that “Over 90,000 kids were detained under Obama. And no one cared. Zero Hedge posted a Fact Check.

What followed was a barrage of angry tweets and an attempt by AP prove the claim false by conflating two narratives; the first being that Trump is putting separated migrant children in prison-like conditions – which the left quickly abandoned after it was revealed that viral photographs depicting the caged migrant children actually happened under Obama.

Zero Hedge takes us step by step through the charges and fact checking to expose exactly where the “90,000 kids detained” came from, and exactly what the reality is today in the face of AP’s flawed fact check. It’s really interesting to see the origins of claims and who is missing what, and how it all comes about, and gives the links to official figures, facts and numbers, so that you can see the information for yourself. Excellent job of real fact-checking and a demonstration of how to track stuff down. Worth your time.

Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation continues searching for something, the House and Senate committees continue to investigate the investigation, and the “Derangement Syndrome” or “Resistance” continues to be deranged and resistant. You might want to watch the panel discussion in the video below to understand just how damaging the “resistance’s” behavior is to the country, and how little they understand their own ideas and actions. And scroll on down for the excellent cartoon at the bottom.

The Border Patrol just rescued a 6 year old little boy from the side of the road left by his “coyote” in 100° heat. One would assume that most, if not all, of the “unaccompanied children” coming to the border would be teenagers, but this is not the case. What are the circumstances that would allow or pay a human smuggler to get “unaccompanied” children across the border? Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen says the smuggling cartels make $500 million a year from bringing ‘migrants’ into the country. But a 6 year old? The fee can be as little as $150 or as much as $3,500.

 



Jordan Peterson Asks A Serious Question, Stumps Maher’s Panel by The Elephant's Child

Jordan Peterson appeared on a panel on Bill Maher’s show. The panel did not distinguish themselves, unable to respond, even at a childish level, to a serious question. Maher is supposedly a comedian, but comedians are supposed to be funny. Dr. Peterson is absolutely correct. Democrats’ obnoxious behavior is driving the country apart. Maher’s characterizations of President Trump are not snarky, but wildly absurd, crude, ill-informed, and meant to draw a laugh from the “can you top this” insult crowd.

The panel consists of a journalist from the New York Times, an unidentified woman, Michael Avenatti, whose claim to fame is being Stormy Daniels lawyer, and who has offered to run for the presidency against Donald Trump, and (sigh) Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who wants desperately to be president (in spite of being the worst governor in memory) striving to show off his admirable qualifications to Democrats.

Inslee thinks Net Neutrality is about denying people access to the internet, is sure that the earth must be saved from the ravages of global warming with his cherished carbon tax, and is big on forcing employers to give their employees family leave whenever they want it. Washington State is following other Leftist-run states in increasing numbers of people and businesses fleeing the state. Fortunately the legislature managed to kill the head tax on employees idea for business, after they heard from Amazon and Microsoft.

The interesting thing is that no member of the panel manages to even attempt to answer Dr. Peterson’s serious question, and it’s fairly clear that they don’t even understand what he is asking. I am always struck by Maher’s resemblance to a Blob Fish. (Look it up)



EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Is Not What It Seems to Be by The Elephant's Child

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Scott Pruitt has resigned as Administrator of the EPA, and President Trump has accepted his resignation while praising his accomplishments. Pruitt has cut back or rescinded 22 unnecessary regulations at a savings of $1 billion. But the scandals, the scandals? What about all the scandals?

The EPA was an agency turned by the Obama administration into a weapon to put land use and our natural resources under administration control. The EPA agency had its origins in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, in 1962 she foresaw the death of wildlife in the use of pesticides, which she blamed for her cancer diagnosis. It was a passionate book and alarmed the world into the beginnings of an environmental movement. President Nixon proposed the establishment and it began in 1970, conducting environmental assessment, research and education and  has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing a variety of national standards. It delegates some permitting, monitoring and enforcement.

An offshore oil rig in California fouled beaches with millions of gallons of spilled oil. The Cuyahoga River near Cleveland burst into flames (which it did regularly). There was, of course, vast agreement that we needed to care about our environment. That, again of course, turned into a huge invitation for all those folks whose familiarity with the environment was limited to the nearest city park, to believe that all was in danger. Governments at all levels found it necessary and politically rewarding to favor conservation, prevention of pollution, and doing something about clean air and water.

Activists soon found it useful to find an endangered species on the very site where a project, a factory, a bridge, a highway, might be built to bring it to a halt. Add in former NASA scientist James Hansen and his “climate event of cosmic significance,” some 30 years ago, when he singlehandedly elevated climate change into a worldwide panic.

Universities have established new departments, funded with vast grants to investigate global warming. The United Nations has vast organizations, Every country, county and city have environmental departments, and the problem of global warming has consumed many a passionate adherent (see Tom Steyer) in spite of admissions by Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart who said “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral benefits…Climate change (provides) the greatest change to bring about justice and equality in the world.”  Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change admitted at a news conference in Brussels in early February of 2015 that the goal of environmental activists was not to save the world from ecological calamity—but to destroy capitalism,

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.

That explains a good deal of the passion of climate activists, and there are true believers who call us “deniers” or worse. Obama’s EPA was an agency using environmentalism as a tool to bring the natural resources of the United States under more direct federal control. Congress, in its innocence, had long ago authorized the EPA to monitor the navigable waters of America to prevent them from becoming polluted. The Waters of America became a tool to control everything that flowed from the downspouts of your house to every ditch and stream into something that could actually be defined as a “navigable” water. Enormous fines were levied on ranchers with a small stock pond, people building a cabin on a lake view lot, $30,000 $50,000, ending in a Supreme Court case. Huge scandal of a massive EPA caused spill from the Gold King Mine desecrating pristine wilderness, turned the Colorado River into a yellow sludge.

Scott Pruitt was doing a terrific job of getting the agency back on its correct path. The Left, intent on getting rid of him, started digging, looking for anything that could be turned into a scandal. Democrats have noticed that Republicans in government who are involved in a scandal are quickly booted out. Democrats have no such compunctions about their own people. This is a open invitation. With a win in getting rid of Scott Pruitt, Democrats are already turning on his replacement, his former deputy, Andrew Wheeler, who is expected to carry on reforming the EPA. It also appears that they will be going for Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. A New York State University professor has suggested that Zinke stands for white people, Christianity, and his corporate overlords, favoring Americans on their potential to increase fuel consumption?

In his resignation statement, Pruitt said the attacks on his family were too much, but what threats or attacks have not been reported. As far as I can tell, nothing he supposedly did in office is unforgivable or bad or even notable. He was a victim of a sustained well-funded leftist assault aimed specifically at removing him from office. Andrew Wheeler can expect more of the same, as can Ryan Zinke. This is not cutesy Trump Derangement Syndrome. It is something far darker and far more evil.




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