American Elephants


How Jack Became Black by The Elephant's Child

This goes well with the Heather MacDonald post. We have long considered Race to be both a big deal and in some way defining, but if you give it a little serious thought, it is our bureaucracies at all levels that demand that we give race importance in places where it shouldn’t matter.  When my health insurance demanded to know what my race was, I got my back up, and refused. The bureaucracies demand to know, because they have to put it down on a list which will go on to higher levels of bureaucracy until it reaches the level where some senator can use the statistic in a speech.

This is a trailer for a film about which I know nothing more than this trailer. May be preachy and obnoxious, or may be good, but I thought the trailer was interesting. Do we add Elizabeth Warren to the discussion?

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Heather MacDonald on “The Diversity Delusion” by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald spoke a couple of weeks ago at Hillsdale’s Washington DC outpost, about diversity, based on the research done for her new book The Diversity Delusion.  If you wonder why every college now seems to have a Diversity Office, as well as large groups of “snowflakes” and frequently gets into the news for some protest or riot, and is so sensitive that hearing something with which they disagree gives them major cases of the vapors, Heather explains. Her speeches have been protested, yet she speaks in favor of the police, the dismantling of what she properly calls “the diversity delusion.”

At a time when race seems to matter less and less, we talk about it more and more. We have a long and unfortunate history of assuming that race matters, and officialdom still wants to know just what our race is, even in situations where it does not and should not matter. It’s because we are run by a bureaucracy that wants to protect itself by keeping track.  It’s a very interesting speech, and eye-opening about the dysfunction on our college campuses. And yes, if you have kids now in college or soon to be, you need to be informed. Heather MacDonald always does her homework. She searches out the data and verifies it, and what she says can be taken to the bank.



The Beautiful City of Portland, Oregon by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a travelogue for the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. It’s the city where the Columbia River and the Willamette River (pronounced will Lam et, not willa met) meet and the latter flows right through the middle of the city.

Residents say”don’t go downtown, it’s too dangerous” The problem seems to be Antifa, some kind of vicious organization that claims to be anti-fascist with no understanding of what is and is not  fascist. They dress up in black, particularly black masks to hide their identity, break windows, set fires, beat on cars and threaten ordinary residents who do not do what they are told. Very much like Nazi jackboots of another era. What they want is unclear, other than what they do, which is beyond unacceptable. The Portland Police have chosen to refrain from getting involved, so they just watch, supported by the Mayor,

Occasionally we have an Antifa outbreak in Seattle, when there seems to be something worth rioting about. I don’t know whether it’s the same bunch or not. I don’t know what, if anything, they advocate, other than causing trouble and damage. Significant terms in jail might help. But apparently you are not supposed to do anything about a violent mob of Leftist rioters — someone might get hurt.



What Happened to California? by The Elephant's Child

Here is Victor Davis Hanson on Tucker Carlson’s program talking about their native state of California. Both were born and grew up in California. Victor Davis Hanson is the 6th generation living in the same house, with obviously a deep sense of family history.I have lived in California, on both sides of the Bay area, and in Southern California. As I often say, I can remember when anyone who did not live in San Francisco dressed up to go to the city. Now, Travel agents and event planners suggest avoiding San Francisco because of the prevalent feces on the sidewalks and the  needles and addicts also on the sidewalks. So how did a once beautiful city and a once ‘golden’ state go so haywire?

California is now a state with probably more billionaires than any other and definitely with the largest number of people in poverty. Jerry Brown is not rated as abjectly low as the governors of Oregon and Washington in fiscal discipline—but what is it with this coastal corridor? There are lessons to be learned here.



How DARE You Call Democrat Protesters A MOB???? by The Elephant's Child

We calls ’em as we sees ’em:

Republicans are usually too polite to call our opponents a “name”. but some occasions call for more drastic tactics. We won. You lost.  And you are behaving very badly. Your people are perhaps not accustomed to being called a “mob.” Nancy Pelosi tipped your hand when she described the “Wrap-Up Smear” and explained the tactic.

Michael Avenatti kept dragging preposterous victims in only to have them laughed at for their poorly conceived stories. We learned that many of your protesters were paid to protest.

Finally the only supposed victim was exposed as a liar, and none of those who were supposed to confirm her stories would confirm them. I don’t know if she thought she could just make her complaint, which would do a part in dumping Kavanaugh, and she wouldn’t have to testify. Seems as if someone should check out her background a little more carefully. Phony accusations, phony protests.

The final outcry about having to believe in women, and women were survivors, and women were all abused because they were women went somewhat flat. What did you expect when you sent protesters out to scream and pound on the doors to the Supreme Court? A screaming mob doesn’t get some pretty euphemism — it’s just a mob.

And just what are they angry about? They’re not angry about abused women, as far as we can tell, no women in this particular situation have been abused. They are angry about power. Their entire aim is to be in control. To do things, all things, their way. To tell Republicans what they can and can’t do. They don’t really have all that much of a plan except to do away with all the shameful things from America’s terrible past, and raise taxes and make everybody equal and give them good things that will make them vote for Democrats forever. Like free college education and free health care and free….



Here Comes the Propaganda Effort by The Elephant's Child

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“Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) said the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will be “the single most powerful animating force”to especially woman voters in the upcoming midterm elections.”

Markey said, of the Republican base:

“It’s not as galvanized as the Democratic base. It’s not as galvanized as those who were outraged at the way in which Dr. Blasey Ford was treated before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the entire process for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. What we are seeing here is a historic uprising, especially of women in our country who really do feel that this president has to have a check be placed upon him. Otherwise preexisting conditions, which are protections for those who have health care needs, or the entire Affordable Care Act or Roe vs. Wade can all just be swept away. It can be completely overturned by Brett Kavanaugh’s vote on the Supreme Court. This is going to be a referendum on Donald Trump, on Brett Kavanaugh, on the key votes, which he can now cast, that undermines protections for women in our country and families in general.”

He went on trying to squeeze every possible thing about “the mistreatment” of Christine Blasey Ford before the committee, in a splendid example of Leftist propaganda straight from the propaganda shop. Sigh. Christine Blasey Ford was quite definitely not mistreated. She was respectfully referred to as Dr. Ford at every instance, and treated courteously by every questioner. Senator Grassley had offered to go to California to get her testimony since she professed to have a fear of flying, which was, of course a lie, as she regularly flies all over the world, including multiple trips to Hawaii. Not one single element of her testimony could be confirmed by the witnesses she offered. Nothing in her testimony checked out. The second front door, instead of an extra escape route turned out to be the door to an illegal (city ordinance) rental, and the psychologist who had rented it was located in Oregon. It was all, every bit, a lie, under oath.

Does anything go in the effort to win at the polls?  Probably.



“Believe Women?” Why? by The Elephant's Child

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In the wake of all the Leftist hysteria out there, the most intellectually wanting is the cry “believe women.” Sorry, I have been a woman my entire life, which is probably longer than yours. This is silly, and insulting. Women are ordinary human beings and have all the flaws and foibles that come with being human. There’s a lot of variety. Women lie, some profusely. Women can be brilliant and completely stupid. Highly educated and uneducated, beautiful and not so much.

Women have led nations as presidents and queens, been famous and obscure. Been sluts and sex-workers and robbers and murderers. There are things women do better than men, just because they are the female of the species, and the opposite is true of men. If some women felt uplifted because of the “women’s march,” other women were deeply embarrassed by it.

Thinking is done in language, and understanding, a result of thinking, is expressed in language, but, when we simply adapt and recite what has been expressed, we have committed neither thinking nor understanding.
………….Richard Mitchell: The Graves of Academe

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