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A Brief History Lesson: What Was The Cold War? by The Elephant's Child

British historian Andrew Roberts explains what the Cold War was all about. Oddly enough, even those who lived through it are apt to forget. The left really thought that communism might be a better system.

You still hear the echoes in Nancy Pelosi’s comments  that tax cuts have nothing to do with growing an economy, but are simply gifts for the very wealthy who clearly don’t deserve it. (That’s what the Left wants the poor to believe) Since she is very wealthy, who knows what she really believes. Democrats want people to pay more taxes so they will have more money to give to the poor to buy their votes.

The idea that free people, able to keep more of their own money, can create, invent, expand their businesses, or act on their own ambitions, somehow is not as important as control by their betters.

It’s followed by a fireside chat with Dennis Praeger.

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California Has Become a National Joke. by The Elephant's Child

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Every time you think California has gone round the bend completely, they add something more to make it absolutely certifiable. In this case, California state legislators passed a resolution on Thursday calling on the U.S. Congress to formally apologize, and for President Donald Trump to join them in acknowledging wrongdoing in separating illegal alien family units at the border.

The California Senate resolution calls on Congress to specifically apologize to the children separated from the adult foreign nationals who illegally brought them across the U.S. border. It also petitions Congress and President Trump to acknowledge wrongdoing in separating illegal alien adults and children.

The resolution describes the policy of separating foreign nationals who have crossed the border illegally as “detrimental.” De León described the separations as “government-sanctioned kidnapping.”…

“We should apologize to these children we have permanently harmed,” said Sen. Pan. Pan compared family separation to U.S. WWII internment of Japanese citizens.

Reports say the children are well cared for by child protective services, get good food, taken to the zoo or parks. Democrats are, as usual, reacting emotionally to the initial “ripped from their mothers’ arms” theme, without further information, which apparently shows that the kids are having a good time. I’m beginning to believe that “research” is just too hard for Lefties.

If you get all excited about something you think is wrong, take a deep breath, do a little research, and see if there is actually any basis for your anguish.

It might be interesting to make a list of the things Democrats are introducing into the national conversation that are an attempt to sway votes in the coming off-year elections, that are notably false.  Nancy Pelosi just  laughed at and demeaned reliable, cheap coal powered power plants:

“And it really is a moral issue if you believe as I do that this is God’s creation [and] we have to be good stewards of it,” Pelosi said. “We have evangelicals and others with us — er, some, those who believe in God’s creation. So, in any case this was a big thing for us. I had to fight some Democrats. Senator Byrd had a coal powered plan fueling the Capitol, you know I [unintelligible] that’s gonna go, with all due respect to West Virginia we’re not gonna have a coal power plant floating around.”

President Trump is putting the coal miners back to work. Carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants are greening the earth. Technology exists to capture pollutants from smokestacks, and if needed will be installed. But the Democrats blanket “Coal Bad,  Wind Good” idea does not pass the smell test.

Addendum: New article in the Orange County Register by Joel Kotkin: “California takes the prize for environmental virtue signaling — but not much else”

Overall, California’s drive for environmental perfection — requiring reductions roughly twice that required by the Paris accords — has not been notably successful, notes a recent Chapman University report. Since 2006, the state’s reductions in GHG rank a mere 35th among the states and 41st when adjusted for population growth. Even Texas, that bogeyman of fossil-fuel excess, has been reducing its per-capita emissions more rapidly.

Worst still, this posturing has made California, and other similarly minded jurisdictions, less congenial places for middle-class homeownership or employment. Meanwhile the goodies, such as giving tax breaks from cap-and-trade funds for electric cars — we spend 10 times as much on those subsidies than on forest clearance — or solar rebates that go to generally affluent wealthy homeowners and well-connected corporations.

If you are a former Californian, you might enjoy this one. The outflow of people from California to anywhere else continues.



Jessica Vaughn on the Question of Abolishing ICE by The Elephant's Child

People saw pictures online of children in cages, children being “torn from the arms of their mothers,” separated from their parents at the border and have chosen to believe that the problem is those people with the ICE and Police labels prominently on their uniforms.  The pictures of children in cages derive from the Obama administration, with the exception of one very little boy clutching onto the screen of a cage, but pictures showing the whole scene show that it was a small group protesting at city hall.

If parents are going to be detained, according to law the children cannot be detained with them. They are very well cared for while their parent’s case is determined.  It was the law in the Bush administration, the Obama administration, and the Trump administration. Some parents choose to leave their children in custody to be united with another family member already in the U.S.

“Leading Democrat politicians have called to abolish ICE– nobody even believes it, they want to abolish ICE,” Trump said last month. “In other words, they want open borders and more crime, and that’s what you’re going to get. You”ll get more crime as you open up those borders.”

Primarily an immigration enforcement agency that doesn’t operate on the border, Immigration an Customs Enforcement still performs other functions. Here are four major facts about ICE, and what could happen if it ceases to exist.

Democrats are pushing sanctuary cities and states, they want more immigrants who will vote Democrat. They don’t care about the drugs coming in, nor the rampage of shootings in Chicago that are terrorizing black neighborhoods. They don’t care about MS-13 — Mara Salvatrucha, the most brutal  gang in the Americas, founded by Salvadorean immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Heavily represented in California it has spread across the country into at least 43 states. Their motto is “Kill, rape, control.” They do nice things like chop young men up in little pieces with machetes. They target middle and high school students for recruitment.

Democrat want to use the emotional ploys aroused by the idea of little children being “ripped from their mother’s arms” which got a lot of media attention, to suggest that ICE raids are “terrorizing” communities, tearing innocent children, rather than arresting those who have committed violent crimes. It’s hard to understand the cynicism of the Left in their drive for political control.  Anything goes, as long as it gets rid of Trump and puts them back in power. Do study up, so you can understand what is going on.

Here’s the FBI on the MS-13 Threat

—Here’s the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal

—Here’s National Review with “A Tough but Sensible Immigration Policy”



Nancy Pelosi Reveals the Democrat Game Plan. (Not a Winner). by The Elephant's Child

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If you listen carefully to the Democrats (you don’t have to listen a lot—just pay attention when you do) you will learn what they are up to. Listen to Nancy Pelosi, for example. Appearing on MSNBC, host Johnathan Capeheart said “There are a lot of people out there who are saying the Democrats have no message…the Democrats don’t know what they’re for, they’re against President Trump but they don’t know what they’re for.”

“Democrats are for the people. Democrats are for the people” she responded. Yes, we were told a few weeks back that would be the Democrats’ new slogan. Pelosi clearly got the message. “It means we are for the people having lower medicare costs, reducing the costs of prescription drugs. Democrats are for bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America, creating good paying jobs.” Unfortunately, Democrats simply do not understand the free market. Lowering medicare costs means either raising taxes,(which Pelosi has already said would be one of the first things Democrats would do when they get back in charge) or reducing benefits. The Baby Boomers are retiring and simply in their huge numbers, raising the cost of medicare. Black employment and Hispanic employment are the highest in history, so I don’t know why she would think that “infrastructure” (magic word for Dems) would improve on that.

She added that “Trump’s whole thing is ‘Make America White Again’.

“We’re going backward, and the president with all of his statements is the master of the dog whistle. Everything he has done, whether it’s taking babies out of the arms of their moms, whether it’s issues that relate to health care in our country, access to services and the rest is — his whole thing is ‘Make America White Again.’ That’s his thing. He can say a nice thing today in a tweet, but the fact is his actions speak louder than his words.”

There is pretty flimsy evidence. “Taking babies out of the arms of their mothers” has been the law in the Bush administration, in the Obama administration, and the president has sworn to uphold the law. You remember that all the cases of children in cages were taken during the Obama administration. Wanting to build a wall, the Democrats think, can be portrayed as trying to keep brown people out, rather than what it is: welcoming legal immigrants, and keeping illegals who have sneaked across the border with drugs, MS-13 killers, and people who will commit vicious crimes—out. Too many Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants. Then Dems try to add the travel ban on countries with high terrorist rates, to pretend it’s a ban on race or religion, assuming that Americans don’t know that the terrorism of ISIS and others is the result of an interpretation of radical Islam that demands that all either submit to Islam or be killed.

It is quite clear to any sane observer that there is not a racist bone in the Trump body. Unemployment for Blacks and Hispanics is the lowest in U.S. history, and well paying employment the highest in history. I have no idea where they are trying to dredge up make America white from. Some of that comes out of the black-studies college courses, the SPLC tried to promote the idea to encourage rioters at Middlebury College, it was reported. You have probably noticed that shrieks of “white supremacy”  seems to have become a fad among the illiterate. Whenever they can find a so-called “white supremacist” they make a very big deal of it.

The Lefties at Facebook and Twitter have banned Alex (Alec?) Jones, who is some kind of a kook ,for “hate speech,” but let’s say he is not exactly a Republican in good standing. I don’t know who he is.

Nancy Pelosi also accused Mitch McConnell of being “racist.”

Let me remind you that when the Republicans took power when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is the most important thing we can do is to make sure he does not succeed. If that wasn’t a racist statement — that is unthinkable. We worked with President Bush although we had our differences. You don’t make a statement to make sure the president doesn’t succeed. Why did he say that? Why did he say that?

Possibly because we were learning that President Obama clearly was a leftist whose first act was to pull the troops out of Iraq, which ruined the painful progress made there, because the war was unpopular. And it was soon made clear that President Obama’s aims were very far left indeed and opposed to everything Republicans believe in.

Clearly that is the ordained Democrat propaganda effort. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to say that President Donald Trump had made a “concerted effort” to use race to divide people.

What I think I’m most concerned about with this president is his penchant to divide us, to attack people because they’re immigrants, to attack people because of their religion, to attack minorities, to use vulgar language to describe countries where people come who might be Latino or African. There is a concerted effort that he is been engaged in to divide people including dividing based on race. Nowhere was that more obvious, nowhere, than in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

A majority of our own Hispanic citizens do not want the DACA “kids” to get amnesty. Left-wing media outlets Vox and ProPublica are defending MS-13 gangs as regular kids who are “working after-school jobs, living with their parents. They get around Long Island on bicycles because they can’t afford cars.” That’s a frightening pretense.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS.org) has reported on the Trump administration’s war on MS-13, the Salvadorian gang, reviewing more than 500 cases of MS-13 arrested nationwide, as a very serious threat to public safety. Their resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country by the Obama administration. Do read the whole thing. There’s a map showing where Mara Salvatrucha operates. Over 207  MS-13 members have been charged with murder. Beyond that, 100 with conspiracy/racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual assaults, drug trafficking and extortion. Machetes are a favorite weapon, for chopping people up.

This is the Democrat program attacking Trump that they intend to run on.  Just watch, you will see Democrats repeating the prescribed talking points, “dog whistles” and all. Sick.



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.

 



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.




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