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Suggested Reading for Clarifying the Mind by The Elephant's Child
  • From Victor Davis Hanson:”The New Nihilism:” Summing up the Democrats’ response to President Donald J. Trump, and his many, many accomplishments. Not a pretty picture.
  • From Steven Camarota of CIS: “On Immigration, Trump Needs to Focus on the Numbers” For all the talk about the border, the biggest issue is not welfare or illegal immigration per se; it is the total number of immigrants settling in the country ,legally or illegally. Democrats focus on amnesty, Businesses push for ever more guest workers, and the media happily supports both. The national interest and his political future depend on the numbers.
  • From Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:Border apprehensions jump 84 percent, 606,000 expected this year” a surprising surge. Again, it’s the numbers.
  • From Andrew R. Arthur of CIS:Notes on a Deal I Haven’t Seen: The Pitfalls of Compromise” The fundamental issue behind all of this is the request for crucially needed infrastructure along the border. I mean fences, walls, barriers, drag roads, cameras, sensors and any number of other tools needed by the 18,600 Border Patrol agents who man the 1,954-mile southern border.

We assume that the illegal border-crossers come from Mexico and Central America, many come from the Middle East as well.

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There Is No Constitutional Crisis. Get a Grip! by The Elephant's Child

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A crowd of about 400 protesters rallied in front of the White House on Monday, carrying signs that called President Donald Trump a racist and claimed a wall on the U.S. Border with Mexico is a symbol of the rise of white nationalism under this administration.

The Wall is racist, and the Border Patrol are torturing the migrants who are in custody after illegally crossing the border into the United States. That was a speaker with Amnesty International, who added that “bridges are better than walls, love trumps hate, no human being is illegal, and we are all, by virtue of our shared condition guaranteed the same human rights.” Neither original thought or meaning are required when you are being passionate, purile and protesting.

January 2019 saw  surge of 22,000 more apprehensions of illegal immigrants at southwest border crossings over January 2018. Border officers, it is predicted will make over 600,000 apprehensions this year. The increase over 2018 was 84%.

Democrats want more voters, and illegals who can be registered to vote are likely Democrat votes, and they want them counted in the upcoming census to increase their numbers in the 2020 census, and thus their number of representatives in the House. That the American people will have to pay for Welfare, Food Stamps, medical care, education for the children, is not mentioned in all the compassion that expects other people to pay, is not mentioned, of course.

Democrats call all Republicans racist, of course. That is their ultimate epithet, useful in all circumstances. Obviously, since Trump declared a national emergency at the border, it could only be because the illegals have brown skin, instead of the white skin preferred by white supremacists.

Democrats insist Trump can be challenged on his use of emergency authority since they do not believe an emergency exists on the southern border. They will fail spectacularly if the case gets to the Supreme Court. While the source of funding can be challenged, there is no compelling basis to challenge the national emergency declaration.
……………………………………………………………..William Jacobsen

Trump’s actions have been greeted with now-familiar claims that he is sparking a constitutional crisis or threatening the rule of law.

Considering just the substance of what Trump has done, these are large exaggerations. Everything Trump proposes to do purports to be grounded in congressional statutes and much of what he aims to do does not rely on emergency power. Trump is not relying solely on Article II executive power, and he is not invoking executive power to disregard a congressional statute. Moreover, the statutes in question expressly give Trump authority in the areas in which he claims them.
…………………………………….Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith

Just another day like all days with Democrats seething with ginned-up rage, trying desperately to find the ultimate insult that will make the gap toothed ignoramuses from flyover country go back into their holes and never talk to them again.



Is Our Southern Border Situation a Crisis? Of Course It Is! by The Elephant's Child

President Trump declared a national emergency at the border, after Congress delivered a spending bill denying the money Mr. Trump had requested and insisting that there was no crisis at the border. The usual suspects reacted with their usual outrage, insisting that the president was a racist who obviously just didn’t like brown people. Since there clearly was no border crisis, it was interesting that both Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer refused to see, or speak to, a large group of “Angel Moms”who had lost children or husbands to criminal illegal aliens. Most had pictures of their dead family members, but the two Democrats weren’t up to hearing them.

It’s hard to get accurate numbers, but there are apparently twenty national emergency orders from prior presidents still in effect. Obama reportedly issued 13.  Great weeping and wailing about a Constitutional crisis, and threats to take it right to court, which President Trump expected. Does that make you a tiny bit suspicious?

The president has been to the border, talked to present and past Border Patrol Chiefs and individual agents, to Sheriffs from border counties, and he has met with “Angel Moms” as well.

Too many Democrats make it clear that they really want open borders. It is not, as far as I can tell, Republican-run cities that proclaim themselves as “Sanctuary Cities.” They want ICE, the police force in charge of immigration and customs enforcement, abolished, apparently because of the pictures they have seen of children in cages (dating from the Obama administration). It is against the law to detain children with their parents. The kids are well taken care of, well fed, entertained, taken to parks. A couple of kids have died after being turned over to the Border Patrol, but because they didn’t get enough drinking water and care on their trip to the border. Kids who exhibit any signs of ill health are taken promptly to a hospital, as are adults.

Contagious diseases are coming across the border. Mumps is back, Measles is back, and typhoid is rampant in Los Angeles, even in government buildings.

The best source for information about immigration I have found is CIS – the Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org). They identify themselves as anti-illegal immigration and pro-legal immigration, a think-tank that studies all matters on immigration, and testifies to Congress, and supplies them with statistics.

I’m convinced that the Democrat leadership wants open borders, or at least plentiful immigration, as they assume that most illegal immigrants will manage (with help) to vote. California issued voter registration cards with drivers’ licenses. The reported numbers of illegal aliens voting are very discouraging.  I don’t believe that non-citizens should be allowed to vote. I welcome legal immigrants, love the new foods and customs they bring to the country, but I also believe in a border wall. Most countries have walls of one sort or another, and strict immigration laws.

Washington D.C. is filled with walls. The celebrities who rage and froth at the mouth over ICE and cruelty to innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms, and anything Trump has done in particular mostly seem to have walls around their houses. The elites who fund the political parties like a goodly supply of illegals to do the scut work around their homes.

President Obama’s former Border Patrol Chief, Mark Morgan. appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show with Brian Kilmeade to discuss President Trumps decision to declare a state of emergency in order to reallocate funds toward constructing a wall. Kilmeade asked ” Is the president making up an emergency?”

“Absolutely not,” Morgan responded. “Brian, this is part of the frustration for those of us from a law enforcement, border security perspective. How many more statistics do we have to provide? How many more factually based examples do we have to provide? How many more angel families have to stand in front of some of these individuals before they finally say, ‘Yeah, okay, this is real.’ It’s just incredulous.”

“So, first of all, look at the take now. Sixty thousand [people] are coming in a month illegally into this country. This year so far, 62 caravans of 100 or more – 13 in all of last year, 2,000 in one single day this week,” Morgan answered. “So the numbers are climbing, but it’s manufactured, right? The other thing, the other argument on in between the port of entry is an absolute false narrative. Sixty percent of the southwest border does not have infrastructure, technology and personnel.”

Again, what it means to me is this is absolutely driven on identity politics. The experts have spoken both on ICE, both on United States border patrol and CBP and they have told Congress what they need to protect the borders for the security and safety of this country, Brian,” he continued. “And they have not just ignored it, they have discounted everything that they have said. Unfortunately, to me, I have only drawn one conclusion. It’s based on identity politics.”



“A Known Fact That Climate Change Is Happening” by The Elephant's Child

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that she is entering the 2020 presidential race, during a snowstorm, and said that it is a known fact that “climate change is happening”.

Klobuchar said Trump’s tweet that mocked her for talking about climate change while standing in a snowstorm is “so wrong.”

“I’m sorry if it still snows in the world, but the point is that we know climate change is happening,” Klobuchar argued. “Just this last year it was one of the fourth hottest years in the history of the world. That’s what’s happening right now. We see this Greenland ice sheet melting. Look at those wildfires in Colorado and California, where you [have had] a dad trying to get through a fire trying to calm his kid down in a car. That’s what’s happening right now in this country. So that’s why I think we cannot ignore it.”

Well, no, no, no, and your entire statement is completely wrong, Senator. The last year, 2018, was the 6th warmest year in the now–40 year satellite record of lower troposphere temperature variations. 25/100ths of one degree Centigrade warmer.

Senator Schumer believes. He announced that the hurricanes were caused by Global Warming. Jerry Brown said that California’s wildfires, drought, and floods were all caused by Global Warming and he wanted to put up his very own satellite to measure the CO² in the atmosphere so he could be prepared.
The new California governor seems to be ready to pursue the same theme. Our Gov. Jay Inslee tried to prevent fossil fuels from shipping from our ports because of Global Warming. I vaguely remember that some Lefty environmental organization was offering help to Democrat governors, linking them to other governors who faced  similar problems, helping to solve them, getting them lots of publicity, that sort of thing, but I cannot remember the details enough to search for an answer.

They have clearly been warned about “the deniers,” obviously conservatives who do not believe in Global Warming, which is the only correct position. They seem to group-believe.  Do remember that in early February of 2015, at a news conference in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, the General Secretary of the IPPC, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is 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,” she said.

They don’t care about the environment, it’s a tool in their drive for control. Then, when everyone is truly equal (except for the wise folks who will lead the way) there will be no more rich and poor — you know the rest, you’ve heard it all before. Those others just didn’t do it right. It’s just hard to understand why they believe.



Beware the Snake Oil Salesmen! by The Elephant's Child

This post was originally written on March 8, 2011.

It’s hard to visualize just how big these things are.  In Europe, and I don’t know the location, adventurous souls are climbing turbines and jumping off with parachutes (parafoils?).

When those who are pushing for more wind farms talk about “capacity” they are talking about the amount of energy that could be produced if the wind was blowing at a constant speed of about 30 mph.

The problem with wind is not the turbines, the problem is the nature of wind. It is intermittent. It blows in puffs and gusts, in gales, zephyrs, breezes, squalls or not at all, and there may be no wind for days. In a gale, the turbines may have to shut down to avoid damage.  Each turbine requires 24/7  backup for the times when the wind does not blow, or does not blow strongly enough, or too strongly.  The usual backup power plant is fired with natural gas, but power plants are not meant to cycle on and off so frequently to compensate for intermittent wind. You can build bigger and better turbines, but it won’t solve the problem of intermittent and unpredictable wind.

Europe has been far ahead of us in falling for the promise of wind energy. They fell for the global warming fraud with a greater degree of panic, and for the promise of “green energy” and “green jobs.” That did not work out well.  Britain, however, had long-standing power plants that needed replacement and were required to be shut down at a certain point. Enthusiasm for green energy and EU imposed greenhouse gas targets have created enormous problems for the British people.

“Electricity consumers in the United Kingdom will need to get used to flicking the switch and finding the power unavailable” according to Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the country’s grid operator. “The grid is going to be a very different system in 2020, 2030.  We keep thinking that we want it to be there and provide power when we need it.  It’s going to be much smarter than that.”

“We are going to change our own behavior and consume it when it is available and available cheaply.”

Holliday says that blackouts may be a feature of power systems that replace reliable coal plants with wind turbines to meet greenhouse gas targets.  Have to do it, but it will mean lifestyle changes.  Maybe they should get the EU to bag the “greenhouse” nonsense, instead.  Britain had a higher number of deaths from the cold this year and more energy poverty.

Under the so-called “smart grid” that the UK is developing, the government-regulated utility will be able to decide when and where power should be delivered, to ensure that it meets the highest social purpose.

The government might decide that the needs of some industries take precedence over others, or that the needs of industry might trump that of residential consumers. Government would also be able to price power prohibitively if it is used for non-essential purposes.  Smart grids are being developed by utilities worldwide to allow the government to control electricity use in the home, down to the individual appliance, and be capable of turning them off if the power is needed elsewhere.

So Britain’s wind farms aren’t having back-up power plants?  I can think of a few objections.  You cannot predict when the wind will blow.  Mr. Dalrymple requires a 3 hour surgery for some major repairs — how do you schedule the operation?  A manufacturing plant has machines that must run all day — processes can’t simply be suddenly halted. Long periods without wind often come during especially cold periods.  It doesn’t matter how “smart” your grid might be if whether or not power is produced at all is completely unpredictable.

We must take Britain seriously. Their long romance with the welfare state provides us with vast evidence of what not to do.  Their National Health Service is a growing disaster, and they are trying to save it with major reform that returns authority to doctors and patients. Their welfare state has created a permanent underclass. And their belief in the fraud of global warming is leading them to another disaster. We must pay attention to the evidence.



Homework, And The Difficulty of Being Human by The Elephant's Child

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Here’s my philosophy such as it is. Being human on this earth carries with it all sorts of burdens. A lot of people put a great deal of effort into preparing you to deal with life. Parents, relatives, teachers, coaches, doctors, police, when you reach the age when you are supposed to take care of yourself, learn how to work, begin to contribute – you are supposed to have learned that you have to keep learning, and make an effort to be informed. The world is filled with misinformation and charlatans, dangers and the unexpected. To make the best of things, you have to do your homework.

That means that you may have to read hard stuff, you may have to find out for yourself, find out what  is true, who to believe and who to trust, and you will still get it wrong a good part of the time. The trouble with being an ordinary human being is that everyone else is too. We all have all the flaws and foibles of ordinary humanity, but some have more than others. Families can’t get along, and we often can’t agree with our spouses, or our children. So it is not always easy, and when you get to the contentious parts – like politics, or climate, or football for that matter, you may lose friends and cease influencing anyone.

Marc Morano, host at Climate Depot, has a new book out: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, (Recommended) An excerpt from the script which was left out of the book has been published at WattsUpWithThat. It’s a look at the true-believers in Climate Doomsday just round the corner, and their rage at the rest of us — for failing to agree with them. You will find it curiously harks back to the election in 2016 and the insanity produced by the Trump victory. Same degree of mental derangement. It’s long, but worth your time for understanding the times we are living through. As I said, doing your homework.



Yoo Hoo, Speaker Pelosi! You Have a Big Problem Here! by The Elephant's Child

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Things are looking up. Most of the Democrats who were planning to run for the presidency have just disqualified themselves. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Sen. Ed Markey (D-NY) have introduced her “Green New Deal” in a bill which has been quickly joined by the long list of Democrats who want to run for the presidency. Big Mistake. This tells us that you don’t do your homework, and will sell out your country for a pittance.

Here are some of the goals as listed by David Harsanyi at The Federalist:

  • Ban affordable energy. GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction.
  • Eliminate nuclear energy. The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy production so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs.
  • Eliminate 99 percent of cars. To be fair, under the GND, everyone will need to retrofit their cars with Flintstones-style foot holes or pedals for cycling. The authors state that the GND would like to replace every “combustion-engine vehicle” — trucks, airplanes, boats, and 99 percent of cars — within ten years. Charging stations for electric vehicles will be built “everywhere,” though how power plants will provide the energy needed to charge them is a mystery.
  • Gut and rebuild every building in America. Markey and Cortez want to “retrofit every building in America” with “state of the art energy efficiency.” I repeat, “every building in America.” That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess.
  • Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Good luck Hawaii! California’s high-speed boondoggle is already in $100 billion dollars of debt, and looks to be one of the state’s biggest fiscal disasters ever. Amtrak runs billions of dollars in the red (though, as we’ll see, trains will also be phased out). Imagine growing that business model out to every state in America?
  • A government-guaranteed job. The bill promises the United States government will provide every single American with a job that includes a “family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and a pension.” You can imagine that those left in the private sector would be funding these through some unspecified “massive” taxation. On the bright side, when you’re foraging for food, your savings will be worthless.
  • Free education for life. GND promises free college or trade schools for every American.
  • A salubrious diet. The GND promises the government will provide “healthy food” to every American (because there are no beans or lettuce in your local supermarket, I guess).
  • A house. The GND promises that the government will provide, “safe, affordable, adequate housing” for every American citizen. I call dibs on an affordable Adams Morgan townhouse. Thank you, Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Free money. The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, “economic security” for all who are “unable or unwilling” to work. Just to reiterate: if you’re unwilling to work, the rest of us will have your back.
  • Bonus insanity: Ban meat. Ocasio-Cortez admits that we can’t get zero emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.” The only way to get rid of farting cows is to get rid of beef.

The climate of the Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years. The rise of the sea-level is measured in millimeters. In the case of bigger measurements, it seems to be because the coast is sinking.

So-called clean or renewable energy – cannot produce the energy needed by the country. The problem is not the numbers of turbines or solar arrays, but the nature of wind and sunshine.  A wind turbine needs wind to blow at a steady speed. Wind blows in puffs, and wafts, and gales. or for long periods, not at all.  Sunlight is diffuse, there are clouds, and cloudy days and weeks, and perhaps you have noticed that it sinks beneath the horizon at night. Where there is dependence on wind or solar, they must have 24/7 backup from conventional power sources. You would require the  acreage of one of our larger states full of turbines to even come close to needs.

The most expensive and elaborate solar project ever built was the Ivanpah project built in California’s Mojave Desert. (Enter Ivanpah in the space over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar). It was a total flop. Produced less than 40% of the advertised energy, killed literally hundreds if not millions of birds, roasting them in mid-air, which at some point must really effect the environment.

Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono had some objections to the idea of eliminating airlines. If you wish to learn something about “Global Warming” see the websites under Science and Technology in the sidebar. Start with Roy Spencer who runs the sattelites that monitor the temperature of the world. Add Climate Depot, Watts Up With That, and Master Resource to your regular sources.

Scratch every supporter of this nonsense from your list of reasonable people. This bunch do not do their homework, do not know what they are talking about, and are willing to sell out their country for cheap political points. Embarrssing.




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