American Elephants


A Shooting at a Church in Texas by The Elephant's Child


Every time you think the Democrats can’t go any lower, you’re wrong. The talking points issued become very clear when they all use the same phrases and come up with the same dumb ideas. This time it was insulting all of those who offered thoughts and prayers for the devastated families, victims of a church shooter. “Doesn’t do a lot of good to offer “thoughts and prayers” when the shooting took place in a church where people were already praying, and how disgusting when they could be doing something like banning guns.” Slight variations in the statements,but that’s the gist.

The tragic shooting was not the result of guns. It was a result of the crazed, in this case, person who wielded the gun. Had he not had a gun, he might have used an axe, made a bomb, driven a large truck into the church or any one of hundreds of  other methods. There are all sorts of venues all over the world that have fallen for the Ban the Guns idea, and accomplished nothing whatsoever. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and the highest murder rate.  In Britain the gun laws are very thorough, even the policemen don’t usually carry guns, and a fat lot of good that has done them. One would think that with the rise of mass killings accomplished by driving a very big truck into a crowd of pedestrians, the calls for “gun control” would diminish slightly, but evidence doesn’t seem to sink in either.

Examples of successful killings seem to inspire other copy-cat attempts. Or have you noticed that airplane hijackings seem to have dropped off the roll of evil events. When a major concert venue is attacked, soon there will be another. Now that Hollywood has erupted with major sex scandals, expect other venues, the UN, EU, and governmental bodies will soon have women speaking out. I guess if one person speaks out about the abuse they received, it’s easier for the next person to speak—and the more do, the easier it becomes. Imitation, or some strange kind of validation.

When there is a ugly scene where innocent people are gunned down, it’s completely natural for people to want to do something to prevent it happening again, to stop such killers. A significant percentage of the shooters seem to be clearly mentally disturbed, yet as a society we don’t really know what to do with that information.

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How Goes The Existential War for the Soul of America? by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson  starts off today’s post at American Greatness saying:

“We are in a veritable war of competing visions. The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America.

Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads the fight against it. …

And yet, warts and all, the Trump presidency on all fronts is all that now stands in the way of the completion of what was started in 2009.

He adds that “we are  no longer in an era of liberal reform, it is now a postmodern world of intolerance and lockstep orthodoxy.” that certainly sounds about right.

Trump’s approval polls are supposedly dismal, yet consumer confidence is way up, as is employment, and  unemployment is down, so perhaps the internals of the polls are off.  The media seems to be solidly against Trump and thoroughly confused about what is a valid complaint and what is just silly. Today’s silliness was the occasion of President Trump feeding the Koi with Prime Minister Abe in Japan, when the media erupted because they thought Trump dumped in too much Koi food.  He was following the example of the Prime Minister.

The Bushes, father and son, have announced that Trump is a blowhard, and they don’t approve of him, but where were they when Obama was blithely throwing away the hard progress in Iraq, for nothing, and making the despicable Iran Deal, helping Iran to achieve nuclear weapons.

There are complaints that all that Trump is doing is by executive orders, and the next president can just dump those as Trump is doing now. We’ll see. If President Trump can really get the economy going again, he will be reelected and be the most important president since Reagan.

It seems not to be a financial war, but a class war. Trump sounds like somebody from Queens, and tweets. Apparently letting the public know what he thinks and feels is not “presidential.” Is it bad?  Mr. Trump seems to be an emotional man, and unaccustomed to hiding his feelings.

The Silicon Valley Oligarchs, at least as evidenced by Tom Steyer, who is willing to invest $10 million in the attempt to impeach  Donald Trump, with the help of  Maxine Waters and wassername from Florida who wears the sequined cowboy hats. Strange bedfellows indeed. Mr. Steyer is particularly agitated about the Paris Climate Accords, because he is very worried about the planet’s warming, in spite of a lack of any evidence, since the climate continues to cool. Impeachment requires “high crimes and misdemeanors” and the purported contacts with the Russians seem to be entirely with the Clintons, the Podestas, and the DNC.

I’m pretty pleased with what Trump is doing. I’m impressed with his cabinet, and his judges, and I like what they are doing. Scott Pruitt is stopping the insanity at the EPA, and insisting that regulations be about clean air and clean water. No more midnight raids and outrageous fines for nothing at all. Ajit Pai, Rick Perry, Nikki Haley, Ben Carson, Jack Kelly all doing important work, as are all the rest. It is definitely not all executive orders. What a relief to have Obama’s Rules of Engagement gone. He was so afraid that he might be blamed for something.

It clearly is a War of competing visions, and our millennial generation according to polls, apparently thinks socialism or communism would be just fine. I would suggest that their tender feelings and need for safe spaces would not fare well under those regimes, but they apparently aren’t learning anything at all in our universities for their $60,000 a year.

There is quite a bit that really needs to be done, but there’s an enormous amount of nonsense floating around. Democrats have major problems with human nature,and want to fix it. They are all hung up on ideas of racism, white supremacy, inequality, diversity, hate speech, global warming, the survival of the polar bears, and gun control. Issues that are focus group-tested to stir up Democrats, but will not respond to ‘fixing’.  Not very impressive as a goal.



Washington State General Election Nov. 7. American Elephant Endorses! by The Elephant's Child


The picture isn’t us, but it captures the spirit of the occasion.

Off-year elections don’t get as much attention as presidential election years, but they are every bit as important for they affect city and county positions, school boards, fire districts, and as is usual a series of proposed tax increases. The Democrats, of course, want more money. Washington State has no income tax, and it would take a Constitutional amendment to get one, and they’re working on it.  In the meantime, raising the property tax to aid “vulnerable populations” — not just modestly—they want to double it! Vote NO  That’s just plain greed.

In the 45th District in the State Senate, Jinyoung Lee Englund, a most attractive newcomer, is the most important candidate in this election. Her election would keep the State Senate from moving to Democrat control, which would be a disaster. Washington might face a constitutional reform to allow a state income tax. We don’t need it, they are just  grasping for power, a characteristic of the Left.

Her opponent, Manka Dhingra,  has said she is willing to raise taxes and support heroin injection sites in King County. This is a batty idea of how to save addicts from overdosing, by providing a nurse at sponsored injection sites. A few days ago it was reported that a young man brought his heroin and needle and told the nurse at the injection site that he had never done this before and wanted to do it right — so the nurse showed him how to use the rubber tubing, and where to inject. How to solve the opioid  crisis! Englund is the daughter of a disabled vet, and the wife of a currently deployed serviceman, and a terrific candidate.

Also for the State Senate, 7th Legislative District on the East side of the State, Shelly Short, and in the 31st District, Phil Fortunato.

For the State House, in the 7th Legislative District: Vote for Jacquelin Maycumber, and in the 31st Legislative District: Morgan Irwin.

Seattle is electing a new mayor, which we hope will be Jenny Durkan. The previous one was forced to resign after another sex scandal. After the Mayor’s office, the second most powerful office is City Attorney. Seattle has more than 400 illegal homeless encampments, mostly drug addicts, and the highest property crime rate in the country. Time for a new City Attorney. Vote for Scott Lindsay.

The Bellevue City Council is facing some big problems, and some of the incumbents favor building low barrier homeless shelters near schools, parks and residential neighborhoods. “Homeless” is a term the left gave to the addicts sleeping under the freeways, to encourage sympathy, rather than actual help. It’s all about feelings, not assisting in recovery efforts. Conrad Lee is a long time successful councilman who pays real attention to taxes and thrift and responsible spending and should be returned for another term, and as many more as he wants. Jared Nieuwenhuis is an active volunteer, who puts neighborhoods first, wants to reform city hall (splendid idea), supports sustainable growth (apartments are going up all over, and the whole nature of the city is being changed). Steve Fricke is a former Deputy King County Criminal Prosecutor, an engineer, attorney, and community volunteer. Philip Yin, a journalist and small businessman, knows about the problems of small businesses. He will increase transparency, and keep our neighborhoods safe.

There are times when you just have to stand up to be counted.

 



The Final Bill For the Standing Rock Protests is About $43 Million by The Elephant's Child

021517-debris-1-1170x775The protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline ended back at the end of February, with 240 rollout dumpsters to carry away the mess the protesters left behind. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned on spending more than $1 million just to clean up. At the end of September North Dakota’s Department of Emergency Services announced that taxpayers will have to pay about $43 million in expenses accrued as the state struggled to respond to the 233 days of protesters.

The Standing Rock protesters claimed that they were “peaceful and prayerful,” but rioters “threw stones, feces and Molotov cocktails at cops, obstructed roads, set fires, and even rode on horseback behind a herd of bison, attempting to stampede them towards law enforcement.” 8,000 to 10,000 people camped out to protest the pipeline. Local authorities had to ask for help from law enforcement in 11 states to cope. More than 750 protesters were arrested and at least 107 of those charged have pleaded guilty or been found guilty, some on multiple counts. Most of the costs will be paid by North Dakotans, but the Department of Justice provided the state with a $10 million grant which make taxpayers nationwide responsible for the Leftist’s criminal antics.

The protests, of course were not about tribal rights or cultural resources. The pipeline does not cross any land owned or controlled by the Standing Rock Sioux, the land in question belongs to the federal government or private owners.

The tribe was consulted, more than 50 tribes were consulted, and resulted in 140 adjustments to the route. It was not about the water, the drinking water intake is about 70 miles downriver from where the pipeline was slated to cross the Missouri River, and runs 100 feet below the river. It was not about the climate. The oil has already been produced and transporting it by train or truck is far more susceptible to accidents and spills.

The protests ended pretty much when winter set in. Camping out is not nearly so much fun when it gets really cold. And once the oil was flowing as intended, the protests were moot.

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It’s Come to This: It’s Time to Ban Trucks! by The Elephant's Child

Gun Control seems to remain as a feature of the conversation. Conservatives keep explaining (and explaining ) that guns are inanimate objects, and it is the shooter who is the problem, but they will have none of that. It’s the guns they want to control. (Since they seem to think Conservatives live in the backwoods of Southern states and are uneducated hicks, possibly they are afraid we will break out of our hideaways and attack them with our guns?)

I was reminded that a large truck, driven by a Muslim immigrant, plowed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice, killed at least 83 people and left 18 in critical condition. It wounded 458.

The scene in Nice was one of devastation, with the heavy-duty white truck stalled amid the bloodshed on the street, its windows smashed and riddled with bullets from police gunfire.

“I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget,” he wrote.

Well, clearly, we should ban trucks. Same mindset.



Gun Laws Clearly Do Not Work, But That Fact Seems Not to Matter by The Elephant's Child

Are Democrats really sure than banning guns would mean no more killing? Or are they just told to respond to a mass killing with a push for a gun ban. We, of course, have come to expect that. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but a very high murder rate, rivaled only by Baltimore. It was over 400 before the month of July was over. The pictures that accompany the article show pictures almost entirely of young black men, which suggests gang killings. Other cities like St. Louis, Detroit and New Orleans have even higher death rates, but I don’t know what their gun laws are.

Britain has really tough gun laws, even the police cannot carry guns, but a very high rate of shootings. The recent one at Manchester was very bad. Now the British are considering knife laws. ISIS has been urging their adherents to stab people, and it seems to be catching on, particularly in Israel.

In Switzerland, all young men are required to join the militia, where they learn all about firearms and are required to keep a gun to be ready if they are called upon. Switzerland has the lowest rate of gun crimes in the civilized world. Their firearms legislation is comparatively liberal and similar to the United States. The reason is a long tradition of shooting and hunting.

In the West, and where I grew up, many if not most, families counted on killing a deer or elk to fill the freezer for the winter. Here, near the coast, they add a salmon or two.

The current push is to ban bump-stocks, the accessory that allows machine gun like rapid fire from a rifle. Some Republicans in Congress agree that they should be banned, to the anger of others who believe that it is wrong to give in to the Democrats irrationalism because that would encourage their efforts for total gun control, which would get lots more people killed. Thinking logically is not one of the Lefts strong points.



The Radical Left, Exposed by The Elephant's Child
October 4, 2017, 6:27 am
Filed under: Crime, Law, Media Bias, News, Police, Politics, Progressives, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Whenever there is a tragic shooting, the Left is ready with their talking points because they have hauled out the gun control theme so often that it is well developed. Gun control has enormous appeal to the Left as its message, because they believe deeply in the efficacy of control.

Much of the Left’s basic program is about control in its many forms, and since Republicans are known as major supporters of gun rights, the Second Amendment (which needs to be repealed) and the NRA. Republicans are low-class rednecks from the deep South, and former members of the military who may have PTSD. They are known to possess dangerous weapons like machine guns, and pose a significant danger to the gentle, peaceful, highly educated people on the Left.

I’m coming to believe that the prompt appearance of talking points, the right words to use, and easy ways to attack Trump, means that those on the Left gratefully don’t have to bother with a lot of reading. With the themes all developed for them, they don’t have to pay much attention to what the other side says. They know they are correct, because they are highly educated, compassionate, empathetic, good people, and those racist, sexist, nasty homophobes are not.

This leaves Leftists in an awkward position because they are not prepared for logical response or probing questions from Conservatives who actually have studied up, searched for the latest statistics, and comments from well informed people. But by then, time will have passed, new talking points will appear and attention will move to other subjects.

Republicans, in general, have not caught on to the focus-group tested vocabulary. They are usually more concerned with central ideas, and will not notice that they are using some focus-group-tested words. An example is calling the illegal alien ‘children’— “Dreamers” who were brought here “against their will”, and they are always described as “children,” though the cut-off age was under 31. They are never described as ‘illegal’ but instead as “undocumented.” ABC in a careless moment called them “undocumented citizens.” That sums up the language problem.

Border agents say that probably 40% to 50 % are fraudulent, but that is not an official statistic. Many lied about their age. Current border crossers have children with them, but they are, so far, not included in the DACA group. Most moms who have raised children know that saying “Well, just this once” is  recipe for disaster.

Any amnesty is an insult to those who have applied legally, following the rules, and are waiting patiently for their turn to be admitted. There is a limit for the number of immigrants who can be admitted in any one year. There are around 4.4 million people on the wait list.




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