American Elephants


The State of the Union Speech by The Elephant's Child

Oh excellent, excellent and most excellent. President Trump gave his best speech yet. Democrats were all prepared to go on and on about his lying and bragging. Not going to work. He explained his accomplishments for the country, why they needed to be done, and how they are working. He explained his hopes for the country and for the world, and asked for their help in getting it done.

I saw Nancy Pelosi all in white, but it took a while to realize that all the Democrat women were in white, symbolizing something or other. I apparently missed the explanation. I thought they were imitating Cuba’s Women in White, with their usual lack of comprehension of Communism, but I understand that they were thinking of themselves as “suffragettes” who nobody remembers and have nothing to do with white clothes as far as I can remember. I’m female, but definitely not a feminist, and find them  embarrassing. They seemed to have lot of trouble figuring out when to stand and when to sit, when to smile and when to scowl. Speaker Pelosi seemed to have big chunk of lemon in her cheek which she bit down on in the more stressful moments. (The cheering, the shouts of USA, USA!)

Chuck Schumer said that Stacey Abrams was a wonderful speaker, so I was interested but completely unfamiliar with her. I guess nobody checked on what she was going to say. Yea Unions! Boo depriving the people of their votes? Huh? Nice family stories, but utterly ill-informed about what is happening in the United States, except for Democrat propaganda. Little children in cages and all that. Seems like a nice lady. She tried to make a big deal out of the government shutdown, which was an inconvenience, but ruined no one’s life. I’m afraid that she was chosen as the first African-American woman to give the response to a State of the Union speech. Democrats think like that. The actuality of what is said isn’t that important.

Really funny to listen to the media’s comments pre-speech. Senator Schumer’s anticipatory comments were an absolute disgrace. He should be ashamed. There is really no place for that. Schumer has been in Congress since 1981. The venom of the Left knows no bounds.

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Tucker Carlson Takes a Look at Trump Derangement by The Elephant's Child

I suspect most of us have marveled at the strange and vicious Leftist reaction to the election of President Trump. Yes, of course they all believed that Hillary would be elected, and they would remain in power. Barack Obama had been the first black president, which was a great feather in their caps, and Hillary would be the first woman president. It has seemed that they are not all that much interested in policy, as they are interested in the “first black president” part, which absolves them of any notion of racial prejudice now or in the past, and proves, once again, that they are good people.

Put baldly like that, it seems remarkably nutty, but a striking number of serious thinkers believe that Leftist politics is all about feelings. (Think about the outcry about “children in cages”and “little children ripped from the arms of their mothers”, the “sanctuary cities” movement). It is not about good policy, but about what makes them feel good. They actually seem uninterested in policy.

Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on the cost of the “Russia fixation.” “So there’s been a cost to our Russia fixation, a massive one,” Carlson said. “Years later we’ll look back and wonder what happened. How did everyone in America with an Ivy League education go insane in a single year? Was there some kind of mass poisoning? Ergotism? Historians will sort it out.”

“For now, all we know that the people in charge have lost it,” Carlson declared. “Listen to them explain the intricacies of the Russia conspiracy. They’re mesmerized. It’s a tale so complex and riddled with internal contradictions, it sounds like eastern religion. Only they really understand it. To them, Russia is the touchstone. It’s the comprehensive theory of everything.”

We’ve called it “Trump Derangement Syndrome” but the Democrats have  long reacted badly to losing an election, or an argument. They have been fixated on the Russian investigation, and the chance of impeaching Trump over it.  Flynn was the first target of the Mueller investigation. The hunt for Russian spies on our soil has metastasized – there are now 17 separate Russia investigations being conducted by the Justice Department, not counting 4 Congressional inquiries.The Russians, we have learned, spent a total of $4,700 on Google ads during the presidential campaign. That doesn’t buy much.

Tucker Carlson points out what happened last night on cable news, on MSNBC, the most serious news program that NBC offers on cable. The two people concerned are a man named Malcolm Nance, who identifies himself as a 35-year veteran of counter-intelligence work,(?) and his most recent book which was heavily promoted by MSNBC, is The Plot to Hack America. The other man is Brian Williams, the anchor of the NBC Nightly News. Williams is highly respected in the news business. He opens the segment by explaining that Russian “disinformation teams” have been working to divide America and convince the population that James Comey and Robert Mueller might have political agendas.

This is all completely insane. The John Birch Society? The KKK? The Christian Right (those religious people are dangerous), The Party of conspiracy theories? Steve Bannon? David Duke? Far-right conspiracy theories to suppress the African American vote? So much for Brian Williams being a respected newsman. The Left hauls these tiresome themes out of their emergency file for accusing Republicans when other accusations fail.

You’ve heard Hillary and her “basket of deplorables” and assumption that the people in the wasteland between the more intelligent coastal cities are obviously a bunch of uneducated dummies. So anyone who disagrees with them is a tool of a foreign power? You probably remember times in the past when they’ve hauled out theories of encampments of dangerous far-right, armed gun nuts ready to break out of the woods of Northern Idaho or Northern Louisiana to…..what? The KKK always seems to be lurking, but they seem remarkably few in number.

The Left expects to be in charge. They choose their candidates by race, skin color, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, not by the value of their ideas. Hillary was interesting as the first woman president, but when she lost, they lost interest. Kamala Harris has the quality of not only being part black, but being a woman as well. Elizabeth Warren was interesting as a woman who was part Native American, but after the DNA test, Democrats lost interest. And then there’s “Beto” O’Rourke. He has something of an all-American boy look, like John Kennedy, and a nice smile, but if he has any ideas, I haven’t heard what they might be.

We should be looking for ideas and policy, what’s good for the country, but what they’re interested in is looks and personality, not qualifications. Do read the whole thing and watch the short video, and puzzle over the obsession with Russia.



Did You Know That the U.S. Is the World’s Largest Oil Producer? by The Elephant's Child

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Do most people recognize that the United States has recently become the world’s largest oil producer? We have passed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as U.S. crude production has surged 20% in a year – and nearly tripled in the past decade. For nearly sixty years, OPEC has dominated the world’s oil markets by setting production quotas among its 15 members. In 2014, OPEC flooded the market with oil to try to break U.S. drillers who were pouring cash into innovation while they were already in debt. Seems like we knew what we were doing.

As oil prices fell below $40 a barrel in 2015 and 2016, many wildcatters folded or were absorbed by larger producers. The survivors became more efficient. They put technology to work, using drones with thermal imaging to detect any leaks along the line. Productivity went up. Over just the last five years, production per rig has more than tripled in the Permian basin and actually quadrupled in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. The Bakken rig count has fallen by 70% and yet output has increased by a third.

In late 2015, the Republican Congress expanded the market for shale oil by lifting the export ban on crude oil in exchange for Obama’s demand to extend renewable energy tax credits.The biggest constraints on U.S. production have been distribution problems, but three new pipelines are expected to come online next year, capable of delivering 2 million barrels to the gulf coast and in 2020 two more pipelines will be completed.

The big news is that the U.S. Geological survey reported recently that the Permian’s Delaware basin holds more than twice as much oil and 18 times as much natural gas as the Midland region.

Barack Obama is claiming credit for the shale boom. (Why are we not surprised?) The Tax reform last year opened Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Interior Department scaled back unneeded protections for the sage grouse, which allows drilling on nine million acres in oil-rich states. Last month at Rice University, Obama said “You know that whole suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer . . . that was me, people.” It must be hard to see the hated Trump administration get credit for expediting pipeline and terminal permitting and opening new federal land to drilling, but there you go. Can’t have it both ways.

OPEC countries and our own politicians should  take notice that America’s new energy prosperity comes from industry innovation, the importance of private property, and the wonders of the free market. We call it Free-Market Capitalism.

Confused by all the talk about “Fracking”? Here’s an excellent history and explanation from the oil industry.



Andy McCarthy Speaks on the Problem of Collusion by The Elephant's Child

Andy McCarthy was the Federal Prosecutor who successfully tried the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and his co-conspirators who were responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. He is the author of Willful Blindness and other important books on jihadism and Islamist fanaticism.

This is his talk, “Ball of Collusion”, on the current search by Robert Mueller for some crime, any crime, with which to attack the President of the United States for what must be a crime for defeating Hillary Clinton in the last election. Andy knows his way around the courts and collusion and crime. The speech was given at the recent Restoration Weekend presented by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. A massive scam? Andy’s the one to ask. But the Russians have almost always sought to interfere in our elections, it’s nothing new.



An Historic Timeline: Leaving Out Quite a Bit by The Elephant's Child

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I am fond of making timelines for my own information, to help me understand the order in which things happened, which it turns out, matters. Here’s one:

The Norman Invasion, Battle of Hastings 1066 : “William the Conqueror”
Magna Charta 1215
Black Death 1348-1350
The Renaissance 1350-1600
Hundred Years War  1337-1453 (France: Crecy, Portiers, Joan d’Arc)
War of the Roses  1455-1485  Lancaster v. York
First Watch invented  1502
Martin Luther 1517, Calvin 1532, John Knox 1541, – The Reformation
Spanish Conquest 1519-1535
Henry VIII 1534  Breaks Away from the Catholic Church
First Western Entry to Japan  1542
The Armada  1588
Elizabeth I Dies  1602
The English Civil War 1642-1660 Roundheads v. Cavaliers, Cromwell
American Revolution 1776-1781 (Yorktown)
Washington’s Farewell  1783
Napolean Bonaparte coup -proclaimed emperor 1799
Napoleonic Wars 1804-1815
Waterloo 1815
Crimean War 1853
Darwin Origin of Species  1859
American Civil War  1861 – 1865
Canada becomes Dominion  1867
Boer War 1899 – 1902
Russian Revolution  1903 – 1917
Irish Potato Famine  1846
Irish Free State (Dominion Status) 1922

………………………..Little Ice Age circa 1450 – 1850

……………Yes, It’s an odd quirk, and I obviously left out quite a bit.



How Do You Introduce Someone to America For the Very First Time? by The Elephant's Child

For all those people like Alexandria Ocasia Cortez and Bernie Sanders who are just sure that a Socialist form of government would be much superior to this very unfair thing called Democracy and Capitalism, here’s a story of a Ukrainian woman’s introduction to America. Nolan Peterson brought his new Ukrainian wife to America for their honeymoon, and tried to show her–her new country.

Yet, I want to share with you a perspective of your country that might be as foreign to you as the conflicts on which I’ve reported. It’s the perspective of my wife—a 22-year-old Ukrainian woman who was born in the shadow of the Soviet Union and spent most of her young life amid the backdrop of revolutions and war.

Despite all the broken dreams in her country, Lilya, like so many Ukrainians of her generation, possesses a clear vision of the life she wants and deserves. And you, dear reader, are already living it.

When the jet broke through the clouds and out the window we saw the lights of the New York City skyline, Lilya smiled and said, “This is the dream of all my life.”

Do read the whole thing. It’s a nice and somewhat surprising story.



Are You Surprised at How Low the Democrats Will Go? by The Elephant's Child

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Desperate, desperate, desperate Democrats. They have called President Trump every name in the bad name book, they have used every gimmick from Kathy Griffin holding up the mock bloody severed head of the President of the United States, to huge diapered baby balloons, marches on the Washington Mall, with rude signs indicating the hatred and despair of a (not quite) united American womanhood at the resident of the White House, and of course, leaving the usual mess behind for someone else to clean up.

A Special Counsel was appointed to investigate the possible collusion of the President of the United States with Russia, for that nation to interfere in the elections because if Vladimir Putin had not interfered, Hillary would have won. The President needed to be impeached, and Mr. Mueller was supposed to come up with the evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. but in order to be authorized to investigate impeachment, there first has to be some evidence of a high crime. Ooops.

Devin Nunes is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and they are looking into the strange behavior of the leadership of the FBI. Devin Nunes has been attacked by the Democrats here and in California, and now President Trump has ordered the documents of the Russian collusion investigation released to the public with redactions removed, except those essential to national security. It seems to be panic time, and oddly, John Brennan, former Director of the CIA seems very upset.

With all this hullabaloo going on, President Trump seems to be doing a rather splendid job in office. Vice President Mike Pence said the economy is booming because the Trump administration is rolling back Obama administration policies. Not, former President Obama, because you started the boom. More than four million jobs created since Trump took office, record low black and Hispanic unemployment, wages rising at the fastest pace in a decade , and the highest middle class income in recorded history. The Left’s war on energy is over, red tape is being destroyed and unnecessary regulations eliminated. The economy is growing at a healthy four percent, and President Trump is keeping his promises to the people.

Democrat propaganda has supposed to have turned the people against this unworthy (he tweets) occupant of the White House, and it’s not happening. His tweets are supposed to be “unpresidential” and unbecoming to the dignity of the office. Nobody seems to have noticed that they are largely strategic.

A President of the United States is just an ordinary man (or, at some point a woman) with all the flaws and foibles of an ordinary human being. We’re electing him as a CEO of the country to tidy up the place and keep things running and keep us out of trouble for four years, and if he does a good job, we’ll give him another four years. If you look back through the long list of presidents, there aren’t very many outstanding ones. We make a big mistake by falling in love with a president. We are not electing royalty, but a plain — one of us. We have kind of assumed that someone qualified for the presidency needs to have experience in government, but that may be wrong. We’ve thought that governors are our best bet, but we’ve got a large number of governors that are making a colossal mess of their states. It would seem that we need someone who knows how to manage things and get things done, in spite of political and media warfare.  Need I remind you that President Trump is donating his salary to the country?




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