American Elephants


Now California’s Climate Cops Are Going After the Cows by The Elephant's Child

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California is sliding slowly into the abyss. It’s not enough that 9,000 companies have packed up and moved to more tax-friendly states. The Bay Area is so expensive that few can afford to live there. Progressives run the place like their own personal slot machine.

The California Air Resources Board has issued regulations to cut the state’s greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, but the board is getting worried about their climate agenda. It could all be ruined by natural phenomena.They’ve gone after the oil producers, the manufacturers and now they are going after the cows.

It’s methane, which”according to the board is a ‘short-lived climate pollutant with an outsized impact on climate change in the near term.” ” “Cow manure and ‘enteric fermentation’ (flatulence) account for half of the state’s methane emissions.”

“If dairy farms in California were to manage manure in a way to further reduce methane emissions,” the board explains, “a gallon of California milk might be the least GHG intensive in the world.” And the most expensive. Many California dairy farms have already been converted into nut farms, which are more economical amid the state’s high regulatory costs.

The board suggests that dairy farms purchase technology to capture methane and then sell the biogas to consumers. Yet the regulators acknowledge that most ideas involve environmental trade-offs and are not cost-effective without substantial government subsidies and regulatory credits that can be sold to fossil-fuel producers….

Other brainstorms include breeding animals that belch less and testing “gut microbial interventions”—though no doubt Democrats will want to see if the anti-genetic-modification activists object. This all may be too much information for readers, but it shows that in their attempt to impose their climate religion there is no corner of the economy or life that progressives won’t try to control.

They don’t give up. They believe what they want to believe, and are sure that anything else is a lie and shouls probably be prosecuted. The climate of the earth over the past century has warmed by approximately 7 tenths of a degree Centigrade.  Carbon dioxide, which they are desperately trying to get rid of, is fertilizer for plants and is greening the world, and helping to feed a hungry planet. California has managed its water resources so poorly that the great Central Valley, the breadbasket of the world, has turned into a dust bowl as they attempt to save the Delta smelt, a tiny bait fish that may or may not be endangered.



Hillary’s Big Economic Speech is Pure Hooey for the Rubes by The Elephant's Child

Here is Hillary’s Warren, Michigan economic speech. It’s not fair for me to have the privilege of watching if I don’t share. It is 47 painful minutes long, very persuasive, and really quite a powerful speech. Many will fall for the B.S. She clearly feels your pain, she grew up in a home where her father had a little business just like many of you do, and they had to struggle, and her grandfather worked in a factory! She didn’t go into the struggle she and Bill had when they left the White House dead broke (A little history: Harry Truman left the White House with no pension except his $112.56 Army pension, and Congress corrected that so no future president would ever have to struggle. Do click on that link. )

If you can’t resist watching this debacle, try to keep in mind that Obama has added more than six trillion dollars to the national debt and that has accomplished exactly what? Keep asking yourself “how do we pay for this?” See US Debt Clock.org. Or how to become Venezuela in a few easy lessons.



The Clintons Released Their Tax Returns, and They Are Very Interesting by The Elephant's Child

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Hillary and Bill Clinton released their tax returns on Friday, in what was seen by many as an attempt to force Donald Trump to release his. He says he is being audited by the IRS and can’t release his returns until they’re done. It’s a time for back and forth accusations.

The Clintons, who Hillary claimed left the White House dead broke, tax returns show that the couple earned $10,745,378 last year, mostly on income from giving public speeches. $10 million worth of speeches?  Really?

Of that amount, they donated $1,042,000 to charity, which got them a nice big deduction, although all the contribution went to the Clinton Family Foundation — which they control and which acts as their family piggy bank.  The Clinton Family Foundation is separate from the Clinton Foundation which has been at the center of claims of donations from countries with records of human rights abuses. Most of the criticism is directed at the wealthy donors to the “non-profit” who then received favors from the Secretary’s State Department.

President Obama’s Justice Department according to CNN, declined a request to investigate the Clinton Foundation from the FBI,though other sources say this is not true..The Foundation may still be under federal investigation. Preet Bharara, the U.S, Attorney for the southern district of New York,  is conducting a joint investigation with the FBI out of his office.

As more emails are released, it becomes clear that big donations to the Clinton Foundation resulted in job offers, favors for the donor, and big pay for a speech from Bill got favors from the U.S, State Department. Hillary is getting a lot of support from big business and the tech industry — apparently because they know she can be bought.



Forgive Me For My Inattention! by The Elephant's Child

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Sorry about the light blogging. I have not been lolling on a sunny beach with a cold beverage. My broken foot has healed, I can wear shoes once again, and the neglected yard demands attention, right now!  Add veterinary appointments for 2 sick cats, doctors appointments, and I have been somewhat ignoring you, my beloved audience.

Besides, what does one say in an electoral year like this! Everyone is at everyone else’s throat. I have NEVER seen anything like this, and I’ve seen a lot of electoral seasons.  The comments sections on most blogs are downright vicious. Today it is in the high 80°s, and we in the Pacific Northwest who are not accustomed to much sun, retreat to the darkest corners with our electric fans in fear that our mossy backs will dry out and wilt.



Once Again, It’s the Olympics! Are You Watching? by The Elephant's Child

“What I Love About the Olympics”
from the Ultra Spiritual Life, Episode 38

(h/t: Maggie’s Farm & Never Yet Melted)



That Kinda Says It All, Doesn’t It? by The Elephant's Child

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Obama Chalks Up 600 Major Regulations That Cost At Least $100 Million Each. by The Elephant's Child

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Michelle Obama remarked in a convention speech that Barack inspired her with his statement that America as it is just won’t do, we instead need an America as “it ought to be.” That more or less captured the Progressive idea that in order to remake America those folks who know better how things ought to be, need to force their vision on the American people.

A new report soon to be released shows the President Obama’s regulators have completed their 600th major rule. A “major rule” is one that imposes costs on the economy greater than $100 million.That’s 81 big regulations a year, or as the Wall Street Journal says “roughly one every three days the government is open. Who says our bureaucracies are inefficient?”

The progressive explanation for the slowest economic recovery in nearly 70 years is that expansions after financial crises are always like this. There appears to be no statute of limitations on this excuse, which is especially convenient every four years. But those who want more than a political rationalization might look to the all-time presidential record of costly regulation set by the Obama Administration.

Sam Batkins of the American Action Forum did the study, and he calculates that the economic cost of all of this adds up to $743 billion, which is larger than the GDP of Norway and Israel combined. He suggests that “it amounts to a regulatory tax of $2,294 on every American.”

Mr. Batkins worked with figures supplied by federal agencies, and since they like to make themselves look good, it is likely the numbers are underestimated. It means a dramatic cost to the economy, closed businesses, and lost jobs — and 1% to 2% growth. Why yes, that’s just where we are.

Going forward, the Administration plans to finish up greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty trucks ($31 billion), efficiency rules for manufactured housing ($4.1 billion), and more. Two-term Presidents often rush out rules in the lame duck months after the election, and Mr. Obama could do so without fear of political override if Hillary Clinton wins the election. She’d surely veto any bill Congress passed under the Congressional Review Act.

Hillary cannot help herself, she is promising goodies to every potential voting group. Free college tuition, low interest or free loans, then loans on the loans to allow them to borrow money to pay back their student loans while opening a new business. Brilliant! Add on infrastructure — why is it always infrastructure? Those are usually construction jobs, and gone when the road or bridge is done. She also promises all sorts of renewable energy jobs, but we have already established that there aren’t many jobs in renewable energy.

The progressive conviction that they are smarter and more clever than the rest of us, and thus know just how to regulate our lives gets old pretty fast. A silly rule like requiring calorie counts on all ingredients in a restaurant menu can mean a major financial catastrophe for a pizza place where they have a great assortment of ingredients to fill customers individual choices. And people don’t care anyway. Most never read the calorie counts. They know roughly what a pizza is going to cost their diet, and don’t care or they wouldn’t be there. Congress is supposed to be making the laws, not a bunch of agencies.




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