American Elephants


Where Are Those Caravans We Were Worried About? by The Elephant's Child

A few days ago there was an enormous caravan coming up on buses to the –Southern border with over 1,200 people from Honduras or Guatemala, and curiously they seem to have disappeared from the news entirely, or am I deluded? Not just “fake news” but absent news. There was more than one huge group, but Mexican cities were so anxious to get rid of them that they were arranging buses or trucks to help them on their way to the Texas border. So where are they?

President Trump held a rally in El Paso, a border town, and also the home town of “Beto” O’Rourke, failed senatorial candidate, who was holding an opposing rally at the same time. He is apparently still trying to decide if he is running for the presidency too. He seems to think that El Paso didn’t really want border walls and claimed Trump only wanted walls because he was a racist. Breitbart posted  a funny picture of O’Rourke speaking to supporters through  very tall fence. I’m not sure that Beto is ready for prime time.

There were news pictures of police cars lined up a few feet apart on the border, I presume to stop the thousand or so disappeared caravan people.
National Sheriff’s organizations appeared before Congress to demand more border security. The Democrats are offering less than half of what Trump asked for and what border patrol people are begging for. I have no idea if it is just refusal to give Trump anything as a win for him, or if they are just determined on open borders. One would think that MS-13 gangs, fentanyl and heroin, new diseases like Typhoid in LA, measles. mumps and many new cases of TB would be of interest to Democrats, but apparently not. Nor are the crimes committed by illegals. The new California governor, Gavin Newsum (?) seems to want open borders too. I don’t care about their race, or their language, I want them to care enough about coming to America that they want to do it legally. Countries have borders and laws. If you don’t obey them coming in, you are probably not going to become a useful citizen.



“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Harm Me!” by The Elephant's Child

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Old time saying or “aphorism”: There are a lot of words to describe those old-time sayings your grandmother had. In our family, when you dropped something breakable and it broke – my aunt always said smartly “You dropped something!” I really have to guard my tongue to keep from saying it, because it always enrages the dropee.  But there are tons of them, many probably regional, or outdated: “A stitch in time saves nine” probably refers to a time when every High School’s Home Ec. classes included some basic sewing. Do they teach Home Ec. any more? I suspect not.

We have, however, become a society that parses every word (particularly of the opposing political party) and condemns anything questionable that is uttered. This is happening at the same time that normal language has become extraordinarily gritty and vulgar. New Lefty congressperson Rashida Tlaib had barely set foot in Congress for the first time when she came out with a vulgarism targeted at the President of the United States. I don’t need to repeat it here, it has been widely circulated, with surprisingly little condemnation.

Condemnation has become the rule for what is currently defined as “Hate Speech,” but vulgarity has become the rule, and as far as I can tell, is never discouraged or condemned. Anything that can be categorized as “Hate Speech”is a different matter entirely. We have a neighborhood website that posts stuff neighbors have to give away, sell, ask for recommendations for services from doctors to waste hauling, and to complain about anything and everything related to our city and community.

Recently someone posted about “Hate Speech” in reference to something that had appeared on her driveway. Eventually a photo of the offending piece appeared, and today an article about the “neo-nazi flyers” appeared in the little local “newspaper” that exists for local advertising, that gets tossed in our driveway. The picture reveals that the “neo-nazi” hate speech turns out to be “Better Dead than Red”, a slogan left over from the Cold War, which is pretty thoroughly outdated.  (Have our younger people ever heard of the Cold War?)

Great uproar, Police called, many times. Don’t know what the police did, probably nothing, but they could possibly get the perpetrator for littering.The distributor apparently gets a kick out of alarming suburban housewives over nothing at all.

College campuses, however,  seem to be hotbeds for calling things “hate speech”as they reject conservative speakers or anyone who disagrees with their ideas, often by rioting. Note: you may not, in an educational institution set aside and dedicated to education and history, say anything with which the inmates might disagree. This is an alarming situation that needs to be challenged with a hefty dose of common sense, and perhaps a little history.

We do need some common sense here, and to stop trying to deprive a person of a job or livelihood because of something they said. If a comedian says something truly offensive to you, don’t buy a ticket to his or her next performance, but lighten up. Tell the vulgarians to knock it off! Tell them their language is not acceptable.

But let’s not go all overboard. People are only human, and when angered apt to say things they may later regret. You have undoubtedly done that yourself, I certainly have.

We have real disagreements between our political parties, and solutions need to be worked out. Study up. Learn about the issues. Write to your Congressional representatives. Congressional representatives whether in the House or Senate, need to know what their constituents are worried about. They will not know unless they hear from you. And they need to know that they have constituents who don’t like what they are doing. It’s called representative democracy.



Nancy Pelosi and Today’s News, Such As It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, newly installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote to the president today to rescind her January 3 invitation for him to address Congress on January 29th, as has been traditional for the State of the Union speech to the Congress and the nation. Her excuse for her embarrassing action was that the partial government shutdown meant a lack of available security for the occasion.

“This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics and security of it. Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown. The president’s shutdown. But that isn’t the point. The point is security,… [It’s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands.”

Ooops. Multiple reports indicated that the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both rejected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stated reason.

Peter Alexander responded:

Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the , a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc.
“It’s a no-fail mission,” the official says.
Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed.

We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said.

Speaker Pelosi may have noticed that the speech promises to be a little testy. A Large group of Angel Moms, mothers who have lost children to illegal aliens attempted to address Speaker Pelosi at her office this morning, but were turned away as she doesn’t want to hear them or talk to them. And she has just refused to give the President a single dime for any border wall.

After ignoring the Angel Moms, the Senate Democrats held a rally on the Capitol steps with poster-size pictures of (not those killed by illegal aliens) but government workers who are suffering unknown tragedy and deprivation because of the government shutdown (the longest shutdown ever, as soon as it extended for a day longer than the last one — Obama’s when he shut down national parks and all the monuments in Washington D.C., you probably remember the elderly vets flown to the Capitol to get a look at the World War II memorial that celebrated their service in the war, many old and infirm.

From today’s news:

Eight-Time Deportee Accused of Trafficking $850,000 in Meth, Cocaine”

“Border rancher; “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal”

“The remains of 127 dead migrants were found in Southern Arizona in 2018”

“Largest Group of Illegal Aliens (400) Enters Yuma Sector”

“Accidental Opioid Deaths Top Car Accident Deaths For the First Time”

and that’s just today….



Pelosi and Schumer, Terrorists and Drug Smugglers, the Border Patrol and President Trump by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, upon being sworn in as the new Speaker of the House, has reiterated her refusal to give President Trump even one cent for his border wall. The wall, she announced, is an immorality.  The best approach “is comprehensive immigration reform, where we address the whole package of reforms.” Uh huh. She says:

We’ve been through this, secure our borders, legalize the people who are here so that they can participate fully, do so in a way that energizes America, which has always been the case with newcomers coming. And I emphasize that secure our borders. Because that’s a responsibility, to protect and defend our country. The president would not — the inference that you draw from the wall is that’s the only way to do that. That actually is an immorality.

Just 7 percent of Americans say that illegal immigration is “not a serious problem”, according to a wide-ranging Economist/YouGov survey. 2 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of Independents and even 12 percent of Democrats agreed that it isn’t  problem. 40 percent of Americans overall say that illegal immigration in the U.S. is  serious problem, 73 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats agree. That’s some wide disparity!! 5 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats say it’s  minor problem.

“The fact is, a wall is an immorality!” Pelosi stated loudly. “It’s not who we are as a nation.” Well, it’s the law in the United States of America — or is there some part of the word ‘illegal’ that is too hard to understand?

Ms. Pelosi has a wall around her Pacific Heights home in one of San Francisco’s toniest neighborhoods. Mexico has a wall on their southern border, with guard posts, but the caravans from Honduras and Guatemala broke through. Walls work, if imperfectly, and they are not exactly uncommon. One third of the world’s nations have walls. Here you are getting into world government territory and French President Macron’s claim that “nationalism is treason” which set off the yellow vest riots (still continuing) all over France.

House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) (of course) told PJ Media that she hopes President Trump settles for building barriers that are not as high as “a giant wall” while helping to get “our” DREAMers the security they need and deserve. She added “The wall is a bad idea. We have better technology. We already have fencing and barriers but when we have Border Patrol agents that don’t even have cell phone service that’s where we should be investing our dollars, that sort of technology.” We have a major drug trade, with all the misery and death that entails. Cell phones?

Well, how simple. We should have thought of turning away several thousand violent young men who are throwing rocks and trying to kill our Border Patrol officers – by giving them all cell phones. Maybe someone could develop little drones that shoot off little bursts of tear gas. Technology will solve our problems.

I don’t know that many people are aware that a majority of our Hispanic citizens said of the so-called “Dreamers” – to send the kids back where they came from. It was an illegal ploy of the Obama administration.

Democrats want more illegals because they can be Democrat voters, and because we have an upcoming census next year that counts bodies, not citizens, to allot the number of representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Their determined search for complete control is not only ugly, but in complete opposition to the most elementary understanding of the nature of American government and American freedoms.

Our Southern border is approximately 2,000 miles long, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Border states are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. It is the worlds most crossed border, with approximately 350 million crossings each year. Two rivers, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River, vast tracts of Sonoran Desert. It’s hard country. Some 800 miles may be too remote to need wall or fence.

Democrats continually conflate legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, claiming that we are “a nation of immigrants”, so you are supposed to favor illegal immigrants if your great granny escaped from communist Russia just before Stalin took over. We are a nation of citizens, and there are well over a million people who have applied, according to the law, to immigrate to the United States of America and are stuck on a very long wait list because the government believes that we can deal correctly with about a million new immigrants a year. The list is long and people can wait for years. So we get illegals instead, and H-1B foreign tech graduates who will work for less than our own high-tech grads. Go figure.

A lot of what is current is mixed up in this whole mess — irrational hatred of Trump, the battle over nationalism and one-worldism, the people’s desire to be free of attacks from Islamic fundamentalists, the fight to achieve complete control, the hatred of people who think differently from you, the urge to prevent words or thoughts you disagree with from being heard, diversity of thought rather than skin color, gender and how it relates to bathroom usage, the definition of ‘hate speech’, the need of snowflakes for safe spaces. You can add to the list as you choose. It ‘s all absolutely nuts. For a look at what the border is like, here you go.



The American Media Are Not Living Up to Their Own Standards by The Elephant's Child

The Media is trying hard to make a really dreadful event out of the Border Control using tear-gas on the “caravan” at the border who tried to rush the border and started throwing rocks and bottles at the Border Control Police. Members of the Border Patrol are allowed to defend themselves, and rocks and bottles can be very serious indeed. One Border Control member was killed just that way, not in the current melee.

It would be nice if the media could just report the news accurately instead of trying to spread Leftist propaganda of poor pathetic little children getting tear-gassed. The woman with two barefoot little kids was proved to be a plant for the cameras, And once again, Jim Acosta was proved not to know what he was talking about. If you recall, he tried to correct President Trump when the president said the caravans were an “invading force”, Acosta insisted they were only a poor pathetic group of unfortunates applying for amnesty.  Well, 8,500 young men of military age rushing the border with rocks and bottles thrown can clearly be described as an invading force. And there are yet two more caravans on the way. They are not eligible for any kind of amnesty.

The Leftist media pay no attention to what has been reported. We were told, by Caravan spokesmen that they did not want amnesty, and knew they would not get it anyway, they just wanted jobs. That was repeated several times, but it didn’t fit with the Left’s preferred story line, nor with their goal of getting more illegals in to be counted in the 2020 census.

If this first group is accurately numbered at 8,500, there are two more caravans yet to arrive, and we don’t know the body count for them, but it’s probably similar. We certainly haven’t heard anyone talking about how much smaller the two following groups are. The Mexicans are fed up with them and are deporting them as fast as they can.  Seven out of ten Mexicans are opposed to the caravans. The citizens of Tijuana are furious at the massive intrusion, and are demanding help from the Mexican government as their own police try to deal with them.

Obama repeatedly dealt with migrant caravans with pepper spray and tear gas, over 30 times, but the Left is unable to criticize their own. Their entire purpose is to defame the current President of the United States, and they will try anything that promises success in defaming or displacing him.



DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Explains the Border Crisis by The Elephant's Child

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen posted the following on DHS’s Facebook page “regarding the recent crisis on our southern border:”

Given the activities of the last 24 hours at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, I want to provide an update on what occurred and attempt to dispel many of the rumors and much of the misinformation circulating.

First, the violence we saw at the border was entirely predictable. This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered #Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.

Second, the caravan is far larger and more organized than previous ones. There are 8,500 caravan members in Tijuana and Mexicali. There are reports of additional caravans on their way.

Third, the overwhelming majority of these individuals are not eligible for asylum in the United States under our laws. Historically, less than 10% of those who claim asylum from #Guatemala, #Honduras, and #ElSalvador are found eligible by a federal judge. 90% are not eligible. Most of these migrants are seeking jobs or to join family who are already in the U.S. They have all refused multiple opportunities to seek protection in Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Seeking employment or family reunification are not grounds for asylum under our laws, or any international obligation. There are, however, legal ways to seek a job or to be reunited in the U.S.

Fourth, the caravan members are predominately male. It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as “human shields” when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.

Fifth, we cannot confirm the backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk to our country. However, at this point we have confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow. This includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more. This is serious. Additionally, Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.

Sixth, our Border Patrol agents and officers responded admirably and responsibly to the events on Sunday. It is a testament to their training and professionalism that no one was injured. The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration in 2013) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border. We will not shy away from protecting our people. I ask parents to avoid violent caravan groups and refrain from attempts to illegally enter our country – these acts will put your children in danger.

Seventh, I want to thank President Donald J. Trump again for the decision to send @DeptofDefense to the border to bolster our ports of entry and provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection. This decision likely prevented injuries to personnel and migrants or additional damage to property. Instead of “a political stunt,” as suggested by some, this was in fact the act of a leader concerned about the rule of law.

Eighth, this Administration has been working nonstop to fix our immigration system to address the crisis at the border. We have proposed legislation and asked Congress to pass it. The President has repeatedly made clear what is needed to secure our border and negotiated in good faith. It is time for Congress to do its job. Absent Congressional action courts have misinterpreted existing laws and have made the job of law enforcement far more difficult. But the men and women of DHS will continue to do all we can to enforce the law and DHS and U.S. Department of State will continue negotiations with Mexico and our other partners in the region. We are optimistic that cross border collaboration can help make America, indeed the entire region, more secure.

Finally, this Administration warned about the danger of the caravan. We predicted the violence we saw on Sunday. We prepared to address it with additional personnel and DOD deployments. We will continue to prepare for the next assault while looking for lasting solutions with Congress and our Mexican partners. As always, I want to thank those officers and agents in San Ysidro who, under tremendous strain, used professionalism and restraint to ensure that no one was injured as they were attacked themselves. I also thank DOD and our state & local law enforcement who were on scene to support our people.



If It Involves Little Kids, the Democrats Have a Sob Story by The Elephant's Child

Democrats usually rely on emotional appeals to gain their advantage. The earlier discussions of our Southern border were accompanied by pictures of children in cages (from the Obama Administration) and lots of pictures and talk of “little children ripped from their mother’s arms.” Well, no they weren’t. When illegal alien parents were held until they could have a hearing and were detained, our laws said that the children could not be physically detained with their parents. We provided comfortable care, entertainment, with trips to parks and playgrounds, and good food. But our suburban moms seldom get the whole story, and were, as intended, moved by the “ripped from their mothers’ arms” theme repeated over and over. That worked for the Democrats, and they may have even gained some votes from it.

So back to the border. When the “caravans” started in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, they were told right at the beginning that they would not be admitted to the United States. Caravan spokesmen made it clear early on that they were not asking for asylum, they just wanted jobs. So we’ve ended up with 3 or more new caravans, huge, going to walk thousands of miles to show how serious they were. Lots of pictures of the thousand member caravans. But the long slog up the west coast which was supposed to be barren and dangerous didn’t happen, as they seem to have gotten rides most of the way. The Border Patrol has closed most lines of traffic so they cannot use the car lanes.

Some have tried to rush the border, some have tried to climb the fences. When they started throwing rocks and thermoses, the Border Patrol was authorized to defend themselves. The Democrats had the usual emotional response ready. “ICE was using tear gas on unprotected innocent little children.” I think it was the Washington Post that went on about tear-gassing babies in diapers. It was the Border Patrol, not ICE, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has already been carefully identified as the bad guys. The whole thing is supposed to reflect very badly on the tyrannical Trump, except the San Diego Union-Tribune called up some articles from 2013  when a little group of about 100 people were trying to illegally cross the border near the San Ysidro port of entry and threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded with pepper spray and other means to force the little crowd back to Mexico. That was the Obama administration pepper-spraying homeless, desperate deportees making a desperate bid to rejoin their families. According to the Washington Post Obama was doing it once a month.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was instructed not to call them “migrants” but to call them “asylum seekers.” She promptly compared them to Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany, noting that asking to be considered as a refugee and applying for status is not a crime. International Law requires migrants applying for refugee status to apply to the first country they come to. Mexico offered asylum and at least temporary jobs, but thousands turned down the offer.

Let me repeat what I said at the beginning. They said when they first formed up into a caravan that they knew they wouldn’t get asylum — they just wanted jobs, and our nice benefits. There were a lot of previously deported illegals, and significant numbers of Bangladeshis, and at least 100 identified criminals.

The Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) has attempted to get a count of the suspected terrorists who have been encountered en route or at the Southwest Border since 2001. Their estimates are here, if you are interested.

Democrats are giving this all the full court press. It has been suggested that they want open borders to get their numbers up on the 2020 census, so they will get more congressional representatives in the House. It would be really helpful if they would actually deal with these problems honestly, but apparently that is quite unlikely.




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