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Heather MacDonald Explains the “Diversity” Fraud! by The Elephant's Child

If you wonder why some new college graduates seem a little under-educated, you can blame it on the “social justice” people, and their loony ideas. There is no such thing as “social justice” and “Diversity” is bunk. The diversity that matters is diversity of ideas, freedom of thought, but that is not what they are after. They want conformity, they want you to fall in line, do as they say, and vote for them and all their rotten ideas.

Heather MacDonald is a national gem. She researches the stupid ideas, and applies logic. Something the Left fears.

p.s. Why do you think the publicity hog, gun banner David Hogg got accepted to Harvard with lower SAT scores than are the norm for those who are admitted? Harvard is already being sued because they block Asian students for having too high SAT scores.

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The 2020 Electoral Campaign Has Already Started! Way too Early. by The Elephant's Child

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Now that Michael Avenatti has dropped out of the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, due to people learning a little more about him, all sorts of other Democrats have started their campaigns. It’s more than a little early, but the determination to take on the despised Donald Trump rages. There seems to be some element of the idea that if someone like Donald Trump who was never a governor, nor had experience in Congress, or served in the Military can win an election, then surely they  can run and win too.

With the success in office of the nation’s governors, one wonders why that is a special qualification. Governor Cuomo was just inaugurated for a third term. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency, but the Cato Institute recently evaluated the nation’s governors for their fiscal management of their states. Jay Inslee came in deal last, with a resounding F, followed closely by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who also got an F. Even Jerry Brown got a low D. Nobody seemed to notice that Jay Inslee said he was running, for the entrance of Elizabeth Warren took over the news.

Beto O’Rourke is creating a solo road trip, outside of Texas, to see if he can stir up some interest (in a pickup, of course). His qualification seems to be ‘boyish good looks’ or ‘looking like Jack Kennedy’.  Julian Castro (Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary) plans to announce on Saturday, Kamala Harris is due to start a book tour tomorrow, so she must have written something, there’s Bernie Sanders who has never given up,  Senator Cory Booker (NJ ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Amy Klobuchar (MI) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) are all interested in running.

If Joe Biden (age 76), former Vice-President, chooses not to run (though he has a lead in early polls in Iowa and nationwide),  he said that family considerations will be an aspect of his decision. This does not count all the notable non politicians  like Tom Steyer, the billionaire loon who has been running his “need to impeach” campaign all over the country, or the former president of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and there are probably a whole bunch more. Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez expressed some interest until someone explained that a basic Constitutional qualification was that you had to be at least 35 years old.

Can you list the number of Democrat Presidents who were elected on the basis of their outstanding ideas? Their specific experience that demonstrated their outstanding abilities? Candidates have always been qualified on the basis of gender, race, color, class, or general good looks. Pretty – is a big qualification for the Left.

A number of pundits have said that Joe Biden is too old, and the nomination will go to Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of California, who is a woman, and part Black.

The Constitution requires the President to be a natural-born citizen, age at least 35 years, and be 14 years a resident. George Washington had some pretty extensive qualifications. Did an outstanding job, and when he was done, packed his bags and went on home. The qualifications have not changed, but our expectations have.

The rage and viciousness of the Democrats has reached new extremes. There’s a major element of the power of — what? Imitation? Propaganda? Wanting to be one of the crowd?  I thought that “Comedienne” Kathy Griffin’s photograph of herself holding up what purported to be a severed head of President Trump — said to Democrats still stunned that Hillary was not to be president as they had expected — that any excrescence, any insult, any outrage was permitted, and they were free to do whatever they chose to express their horror and angst.

That certainly brought out all the crazies. But they have only continued to get crazier.  While pondering the limits of nationhood and the reaction to unwanted and unwelcome migrants from the Middle East and Africa in Europe and the terrorism they have brought, and our own rejection of the illegal immigrants that are using our weak immigration laws to get into the country, use our taxpayer funded welfare and medical care, and flood the country with drugs and gangs. Every major city is suffering from drugs, addiction and gang violence from organizations like MS-13. Criminals who have been previously deported are forcing their way back in, to commit more crimes. Way too many Americans have been murdered by the Democrats weak immigration laws, their desire for open borders to enhance their electoral potential, and their desire to remake the  make-up of the House of Representatives and thus increase their control of the government.  The Goal is control. Absolute control, and eliminating the Republican Party as an opposing party. They can no longer tolerate opposition.



Do The Democrats Really Want Open Borders? Or Are They Only Opposed to Anything Trump? by The Elephant's Child

How very odd our present public conversations have become. It’s as if we are speaking different languages. Democrats seem to lack any understanding of basic free-market capitalism and are sure it’s all about the haves and the have nots, the billionaires and the homeless. They hold positive feelings about the latter, which makes them feel as if they are good people.

This extends to their feelings about the border, immigration – legal and illegal, and things like sanctuary cities and ICE who they assume are the bad guys. Their misconceptions extend to the wall. Some Democrats believe that the wall is somehow a symbol – to Trump, of his manhood, a nonsensical huge thick concrete barrier between friendly neighbors, that we certainly don’t need for any reason whatsoever. Completely incorrect.  The wall President Trump wants is tall, steel, and slatted so it is see-through.

If you remember, in 2016 President Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants from seven countries who were closely associated with terrorism. Ninth Circuit judges blocked the president’s order on the basis that there is no evidence showing  risk to the United States in allowing aliens from these terror-associated countries to come in.

In June 2016 the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, then chaired by the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released a report on individuals convicted in terror cases since 9/11. Using open sources, since the Obama administration refused to provide government records. the committee found that 380 out of 580 people convicted in terror cases since 9/11 were foreign born. 72 of the individuals came from one of the terror associated countries named in the executive order. Senate researchers were unable to obtain complete information on all of the convicted terrorists, so more of them could have come from the terrorism associated countries.

Sharyl Attkisson has reported that a disproportionate number of the inmates in our prisons and jails are criminal aliens who commit crimes at a significantly higher rate than those here legally.

San Diego Sector Deputy Chief Border Patrol Agent Roy Villareal stated that “the situation at the border is unprecedented.”

Villareal said, “The situation at the border is unprecedented. In my 30 years of working for the Border Patrol, I’ve never witnessed the situation that we’re faced with today. We are being overwhelmed with migrants, principally, family units and children, and then people that are from countries other than Mexico. In the first time in the Border Patrol’s history, the majority of our arrests are what we call other than Mexican nationals, people from China, Bangladesh, India, and then of course, Central America.”

Border Patrol authorities are referring 50 people a day for urgent medical care for tuberculosis, flu, infections and even pregnant women about to give birth.  A staggering 28 percent are children under age 5 , dragged along by parents hoping to use the children to gain admission, or as a shield against speedy deportation from the U.S.

Two headlines from Newsbusters: “ABC Claims ‘No Evidence’ Dems Responsible for Encouraging Illegal Immigration” Dec. 30. “We Want a Lot of These People to Come Across the Border” also Dec. 30.

Michael Cutler explains why a “virtual fence” will stop no one. A  high tech idea that keeps coming up.

Victor Davis Hanson writes about “The Immorality of Illegal Immigration,” as someone who deals with the results of open borders  and sanctuary jurisdictions, regularly. (Today’s Must Read!)

Here in California’s Central Valley over the holidays we were reminded of the wages of illegal immigration in general — and of California’s sanctuary-city laws in particular, which restrict formal cooperation between local and state law enforcement with federal immigration authorities in matters of deporting illegal aliens under detention.

Dr Hanson has written extensively about illegal immigration in Mexifornia   A State of Becoming, and The Immigration Solution  with Heather MacDonald. Both are excellent reads, and highly recommended.

We hear that a new caravan is on the way from Central America.



80% of Americans Want Secure Borders by The Elephant's Child

Roughly 80% of all voters say that the United States needs secure borders, including 68% of Democrats, in a poll conducted by Harvard University.

The findings reveal, for example, that eight out of 10 of all U.S. voters — 79 percent — say the U.S. needs secure borders; 93 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree with that.

Another 79 percent of voters overall say immigration priorities should be granted on a person’s “ability to contribute to America”; 87 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of independents and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

Meanwhile, 68 percent overall oppose a lottery-based immigration system which is meant to ensure “greater diversity”: in the U.S.; 78 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

In addition, 61 percent overall say U.S. border security is inadequate; 84 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats agree.

According to the most recent analysis by  the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), one illegal immigrant living in America today costs U.S. citizen taxpayers about $8,075. In total illegal aliens cost American taxpayers $116 billion annually. This number is predictably disputed by the media and the Democrats, but even using conservative estimates compiled five years ago, Heritage found that illegal immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden of around $54.5 billion a year (benefits received minus taxes paid). The funding Trump is requesting  is about 10% of the annual cost of the amount taxpayers pay to provide services for illegal immigrants.

Democrats and the media continually complain that “walls don’t work” but even the slightest investigation proves them wrong on that one. Walls work every time. Doesn’t mean they are perfect, but they work well enough to significantly reduce the illegal population.

One of the most obvious objections to the Democrat’s current protestations, is that not long ago, when they were in charge, they were claiming the exact opposite position. See here, and here, and here. The Democrats’ position is entirely based, not on principle, but on resistance to anything Trump. As they occasionally admit, they don’t have any principles, only the propaganda of the moment handed down from their propaganda shop. Schumer and Pelosi inadvertently proved that with identical twitter posts.



“The New World Order” Rears it’s Ugly Head Once More by The Elephant's Child

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Germany’s Angela Merkel has finally clarified the argument of our day. She has proclaimed that “nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty.” She told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty.

In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel joked, attempting to lighten the mood. But Merkel has always had a tin ear for comedy and she soon launched into a dark speech condemning those in her own party who think Germany should have listened to the will of its citizens and refused to sign the controversial UN migration pact:

There were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People”.

[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,” she stressed.

She has apparently not noticed the reaction of the French people to President Emmanuel Macron’ Remembrance Day speech that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism [because] nationalism is treason.” That got the deeply unpopular Macron the whole of France broken out in riots by people in yellow jackets. Macron told the Bundestag that France and Germany should be at the center of the emerging New World Order.

What New World Order? A fairly short period when Germany has refrained from invading France? A European continent foolishly trying to absorb millions of Islamic migrants who, if they are true believers, believe that anyone not accepting the rule of Islam must be killed.  Angela Merkel is entirely responsible for the invasion of migrants, who will turn Europe Islamic within a few decades. High birthrates for the migrants low birthrate for the native Europeans.  The UN is a remarkably ineffective organization. Families can’t even get along. Why do people keep coming up with this idea of a new world order? Not going to happen. But then one might ask why we have such a hard time selling free market capitalism to other countries? The general secretary of the IPCC has stated that their aim is to remove the threat of capitalism from the world without any understanding of the role of free market capitalism in raising the wealth and well-being of its people. Seems to be located in the part of the brain of those in power, that is confident that all would be well if the rest of the world would just do what they recommend.

Angela Merkel is retiring, but turning things over to another woman who shares her ideas. We’ll see how that works out. At least they aren’t up for invading France again at present.



The United States Was the Sole ‘No’ Vote! by The Elephant's Child

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“The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” was approved when representatives from 180 UN member states met in Morocco, a Muslim- majority country in North Africa on December 10, just a week ago.

The United States was not a participant. President Donald Trump wisely pulled the United States out of this “global compact.” It is also likely the reason behind Gallup’s “international survey” that determined that approximately 750 million people around the world would like to migrate. So theoretically, all the nations who are suffering from the intrusion of unwanted migrants, the costs involved, which are enormous, and the crime, terrorism and mayhem committed by the migrants are just fine with vastly increased migrants, and with new laws that make it illegal to criticize migrants and migration.

Brilliant. Pass a remarkably stupid law with a majority of the 180 UN members who are under no threat of unwanted migrants, ignore the needs of the countries that will be deeply affected — then make a law that forbids objecting or criticizing. Think about that one. Makes one appreciate our guarantees of free speech and consider how important it is to preserve it. Democrats are likely to get big ideas if that law actually takes force. They are probably very impressed with President Xi’s technology-controls of his Chinese citizens. Democrats talk feelings but they are far more interested in control. There is quite a difference between controlled or being controlled.

Wednesday, on CNN, Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) said he “would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing go, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it’s better that government does not regulate the content of speech.”  Lieu then added that “private companies should better regulate speech themselves.” After someone told him that was not too smooth, he tried to walk back the whole conversation, but it is a clear view into the way some leftists think. Amazing. Perhaps one has to run afoul of controlling laws to understand.

Globalists are quite sure that just the right laws (and the right punishments) will organize society into a more peaceful world. The problem is that they always ignore human nature. We are a quarrelsome.opinionated bunch, we humans. The most successful government is usually the one closest to the people, and if you think that is easy, go to a city council meeting sometime. But then the world is apparently very concerned with Free Market Capitalism, and fears the capitalists. Interestingly, the lack of Free-Market Capitalism is probably the reason they want to migrate.

ADDENDUM: Please read the comments. AC Osborn got it right, and I am in error. Please refer to the original piece below.

Europe seems torn between feeling that the “right thing” to do is accept migrants as fleeing from dangerous countries, and those who recognize that the current crop of migrants, at least, are not interested in becoming Austrians or Czechs or whatever country they have descended on, but in changing Europe to fit their ideas and customs. Many have written about the death of Europe under Islamic rule. Islam itself is divided between those who fully accept the Prophet’s command that those who do not accept Islam must be destroyed, and those who believe, but just want to get along, and expect that the higher birth rate will turn Europe Islamic eventually anyway. It won’t take long.

What has become clear is that Angela Merkel was wrong, and the Europeans who reached out to the migrants who were invited in are coming to see that it was a mistake, and nobody knows what to do about it. Mohammed is becoming the most common baby name in some countries. The UN compact is clearly not the answer. How this will develop is unknown.



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.




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