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Here’s What Real Fact-Checking Looks Like by The Elephant's Child

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It has become clear that a goodly percentage of the  news sources that Americans rely on have abandoned all pretense of non-partisanship. Many outlets have become so emphatically partisan that they cannot be relied on at all. For major networks and newspapers, that is a scandal, and a deep disservice to the American people. That, of course, is only partly true. Most have always been partisan to some degree. This time around, it is simply worse than usual. President Trump tweets about “fake news” and the left is outraged. How dare he!

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale recently tweeted that “Over 90,000 kids were detained under Obama. And no one cared. Zero Hedge posted a Fact Check.

What followed was a barrage of angry tweets and an attempt by AP prove the claim false by conflating two narratives; the first being that Trump is putting separated migrant children in prison-like conditions – which the left quickly abandoned after it was revealed that viral photographs depicting the caged migrant children actually happened under Obama.

Zero Hedge takes us step by step through the charges and fact checking to expose exactly where the “90,000 kids detained” came from, and exactly what the reality is today in the face of AP’s flawed fact check. It’s really interesting to see the origins of claims and who is missing what, and how it all comes about, and gives the links to official figures, facts and numbers, so that you can see the information for yourself. Excellent job of real fact-checking and a demonstration of how to track stuff down. Worth your time.

Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation continues searching for something, the House and Senate committees continue to investigate the investigation, and the “Derangement Syndrome” or “Resistance” continues to be deranged and resistant. You might want to watch the panel discussion in the video below to understand just how damaging the “resistance’s” behavior is to the country, and how little they understand their own ideas and actions. And scroll on down for the excellent cartoon at the bottom.

The Border Patrol just rescued a 6 year old little boy from the side of the road left by his “coyote” in 100° heat. One would assume that most, if not all, of the “unaccompanied children” coming to the border would be teenagers, but this is not the case. What are the circumstances that would allow or pay a human smuggler to get “unaccompanied” children across the border? Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen says the smuggling cartels make $500 million a year from bringing ‘migrants’ into the country. But a 6 year old? The fee can be as little as $150 or as much as $3,500.

 

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What Are the Messages We Send to Our Kids? by The Elephant's Child

For years, the federal government had made an effort to make sure that black children have equal educational opportunities to students of other races. Well meant, but federal regulations are usually not really the best way to accomplish something. We have desegregated the schools, but federal regulation has re-segregated them in terms of racial diversity. Currently, college campuses have been hotbeds of racism, meaning that everything is designated as a racial matter rather than a matter of learning. Diversity has been the guiding principle not only in academe, but in business and industry, organizations and clubs. (See Boy Scouts)

The previous post cited a complaint filed by Asian-Americans about admissions discrimination indicating that Asian Americans score on average 140 points higher than white students and 270 points higher than African-American students claiming 3rd party academic research. That got me thinking about the predominate messages we send, as a society, to our young people and their parents.

In 2011, it was the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, which ignited a global parenting debate with the story of one mother who determined to raise her children the Chinese way: arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. It hit all the hot buttons, about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, and strong women.

Canadian professor and Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson has risen to international #1best-selling book popularity and ubiquitous you-tube presence with a simple message that life is hard, and you have to face it with determination and courage.

The current message for Hispanic families is that they are discriminated against, and the United States used to belong to Mexicans anyway. The Election today in Mexico indicates that Andrés Obrador, the far left candidate who is running on the platform that America’s borders should be open to the entire population of central and South America, was leading in the early exit polls.

The message to black kids is that they need special rules and programs to succeed in school, and it’s doubtful that will help. Young African-American mothers are told that they will get a bigger welfare check if there is not a man around the house. And the black role models in society for kids are athletes and show business, not the Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, not the Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute, nor the many black corporate CEOs, nor professors and authors like John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics at Columbia, who wrote a major essay on just this subject for The American Interest.

I took up this subject in a 2016 post about Minnesota’s Cooper High School where the football coach changed the culture by making the football players “dress for success” one day a week.

ADDENDUM: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr, Ben Carson, who was a world-renowned surgeon, said that he grew up in a neighborhood most American were told never to drive through. He saw bullets, drugs and death in the streets where he played tag and ball with his friends. Both of his older cousins were killed on those streets. He thought that was his destiny, but his mother saved his life with nothing but a library card.

When Dr. Ben Carson was appointed as the Secretary of HUD, the Left was outraged. What did he know about housing and urban development?



Mexico is Holding Presidential Elections on July 1, 2018 by The Elephant's Child

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, is running for the third time, for the office of the presidency of Mexico. He announced last Tuesday that mass immigration to the United States is a “human right” for all North Americans. He is the former mayor of Mexico City, and is currently leading in the polls. He has run unsuccessfully two times previously.

“And soon, very soon—after the victory of our movement—we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world” Obrador added, saying  that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared migration “a human right we will defend,” according to eluniversal.com.

Tucker Carlson noted Thursday that Obrador had previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. and added “America is now Mexico’s social safety net, and that’s a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class.”

Well. That is certainly an interesting proposal. Is that what the Mexican people want from their president? Is Mexico such a lousy place that everybody wants to move out? Mexico’s population is 21,493,000 and growing by 78% every year. Guatemala’s is 17,239,898. Honduras, 8,435,896. Nicaragua,6,261,822. Belize: 366,954. Costa Rica: 4,937,065, and Panama: 4,137,428. That adds up to something like 8 billion, 700 million people. I don’t think they all want to come to the United States, and I wouldn’t advise it.  We estimate that we can manage to accept 1 million new immigrants a year. Theoretically we have 11 million illegal immigrants currently, but they have been using the same number for years and years.

The “victory of our movement,”and “all the migrants in the world must leave their towns and find a life in the United States”? Is this just a reaction to Trump’s rejection of illegal Mexican immigrants? Certainly cutting back on illegal immigrants means less in the way of remittances for the Mexican government, that act as a safety valve. Do the Drug Cartels provide money to the Mexican government from drugs illegally pushed across the border?

Do the Mexican people think that our opposition to illegal immigrants is because we don’t like the Mexican people? Of course not. The Democrats try to insist that our opposition to illegal immigrants is racist because many Mexicans have brown skin? Silly.  I have always liked legal immigrants who want to become Americans and are willing to wait their turn. Citizenship Ceremonies usually make me cry. They add a lot to our country. But MS-13? Drug smugglers? Sex traffickers? If you want to come to the United States and become one of us—do it the right way. Please.



Are You Fed Up? Or Do You Really Want More Information? by The Elephant's Child

Are you completely fed up with the immigrant detention story? Or do you want more clarity? I’m fed up, but keep trying to be sure I understand and can think and write competently about the whole thing.

Daniel Boorstin ( the former Librarian of Congress) wrote a now classic among his many books called The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, 1961. Steven Hayward called it to mind yesterday. I cannot find my copy, but it’s buried in one of my bookcases. Here’s Hayward:

“Boorstin defines a “pseudo-event” as not merely a fact or real event that happened, but a fact or event that is made into “news” of a certain kind by a deliberate and artificial process. You might think of Boorstin’s analysis as no more than the Deep Theory of Public Relations (or as the first analysis of what we today like to call “fake news”), and many of the examples in the book come from the corporate world. Here is some of his description of the dynamics of a “pseudo-event”—see how many aspects of this you can make out in the present controversy:”

1.  It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview. [More on this point in a moment—SH.]

2. It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced. Therefore, its occurrence is arranged for the convenience of the reporting or reproducing media. Its success is measured by how widely it is reported. . .

3. Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous. Its interest arises largely from the very ambiguity. . .  Without some of this ambiguity a pseudo-event cannot be very interesting.

Steven Hayward accompanied his article with the shocking photo of an armed federal agent pointing his gun at Elian Gonzalez. That was the Clinton administration.

• Here’s a dandy list of photographs of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities that the media won’t show you. It’s pretty shocking too.

• From David Harsanyi at The Federalist: “Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions.”

• From American Greatness: “Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border.”

• From Quillette: “Zero Tolerance at the Mexican Border.”   Which includes a  graph to show just how many people are locked up in the United States.

• From Daniel Greenfield: “Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children.”   It’s not just Kate Steinle by a long shot. Way too many children have been ripped from their families by illegal aliens.



Viral Photograph — Fake News, Fake Pictures by The Elephant's Child

Did you see this image today on CNN emphasizing the “crying child ‘ripped’ from the arms of his mother.” It went viral. It’s a a picture designed to catch at the heartstrings, and apparently, it did.

Unfortunately, as in much of the fake news department, all is not as it seems. As Zero Hedge reported: the picture is being completely taken out of context—and does not show what it is purported to show.

Most of those sharing it claim the image depicts a boy detained by ICE under the new Trump administration policy of referring all people who cross the border illegally for criminal prosecution.

Among them was journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas who posted the photo last week on Twitter, saying “this is what happens when a government believes people are ‘illegal.” Kids in cages. ‘favorited’ 38,000 times (and 10,000 more on Facebook)…but it’s a lie.

As CNN is forced to admit, the picture was actually taken during a June 10 protest against White House immigration policies at Dallas City Hall, as first reported by fact-checking site Snopes.

Here’s the whole piece from Zero Hedge, with “the rest of the story.” And the rest of the pictures too, to show clearly how it was meant to deceive. (In the larger photo below, you can see the little kid’s blue shirt and pants at the bottom far right of the cage)



Former First Ladies Join In The National Emotional Collapse Over Illegal Immigrant Children by The Elephant's Child

The Democrats are quite sure that they have a good one this time. The good one in question is Donald Trump and “innocent little children ripped from their mothers’ arms.” The talking points went out, and emotions were roused and before you know it they even had a bunch of former first ladies chiming in. And if you think that was a coincidence, I have a bridge….

As Don Surber explained:

The facts show 10,000 parents sent their children north unaccompanied and illegally. Another 2,000 accompanied their children as they tried to cross our border illegally.

The facts also show the husbands of Laura and Michelle enacted and followed this law. Not policy, law. Hillary supported this law in 2014.

The law includes this provision: “As used in this section — (1) the term ‘placement’ means the placement of an unaccompanied alien child in either a detention facility or an alternative to such a facility; and the term ‘unaccompanied alien child’ means a child who —
(A) has no lawful immigration status in the United States;
(B) has not attained 18 years of age; and
(C) with respect to whom — (i) there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or (ii) no parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.”

That is the law.

Laura Bush wrote a column for Bezos’ Trump-hating Washington Post, advocating for privileging foreign law-breakers over Americans. I was disappointed, I thought better of Laura Bush. These celebrated women who are famous because of their husbands’ presidencies, are forgetting that their husbands had to obey these laws (not policies) as well and did so.  Hillary conveniently forgets her own past role, but she has always been a compulsive liar, she’s not ready to give up the limelight either.

 



“Virtue Signaling” Explained and Demonstrated by The Elephant's Child

This new era when everybody is a victim and everybody else has to prove how virtuous they are by emoting with the proper passion is getting remarkably tiresome. Tucker Carlson discusses “virtue signaling” which is one of those recent additions to the lexicon, in this audio from his program. Other than those who are doing the “virtue signaling” I don’t know if anyone is actually impressed.




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