American Elephants


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.



Windstorm Last Night by The Elephant's Child

Finally! Back online. We had a significant windstorm last night, and lost our internet connection early on. Didn’t lose power this time. Didn’t lose any trees, just lots of branches and cones. We have lost trees in the past, which provides plenty of firewood. And yes, I live in the woods in a good sized city. It’s troubling to realize how dependent on the internet I am. They were telling us sometime tomorrow morning. Good business practice, I guess. When service is returned “early”– we feel better about the whole thing, and more friendly to the company that failed to protect our connection.

(the above photo is not me, just my disposition)



Why You Should Be a Nationalist by The Elephant's Child

French President Emanuelle Macron announced in a speech that nationalism was treason, and ignited a huge fuss in France with Frenchmen in yellow vests protesting and rioting and generally tearing the place apart. It’s not known how long he will survive as president.

Those who are greedy for more power may yearn for larger venues, a  world government may seem viable, but you have to learn to manage the smaller organizations first. If you have observed the European Union at work it’s obvious, if not, make the effort to do so.



Trump Derangement Syndrome and How It Works by The Elephant's Child

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Republicans are not usually inclined to take part in demonstrations or marches, to carry political signs, that sort of thing. Instead they are apt to search for more information, maybe write their congressperson, and if they really get irritated, they might go to one of the congressperson’s public meetings. If it turns out that they are represented by a Democrat, they are apt to make sure all of their family votes the next time, and they might even put a sign in their yard. We did have the Tea-Party movement, but the percentage of Republicans inclined to protest is small. Democrats depend on that. Because they are a party dependent on feelings rather than information, marching or waving signs contributes to their sense of well-being, they are being “good people.”

Hollywood celebrities, who are famous for being known, depend on continuing to be known by getting their names in the media as often as possible, hopefully for something important rather than the usual Hollywood scandal.  Someone named Judd Apatow, who apparently has directed a movie, has called for advertisers to stop advertising on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show by threatening, intimidating or bullying them. The idea is to silence conservative voices online or on the radio or television. The Left, usually ill-informed, is deeply afraid of people who actually know what they are talking about. They are very sensitive to being laughed at.

The Constitution’s First Amendment prohibits Congress from making a law abridging the freedom of speech, a direction to Congress, not to Hollywood celebrities who are free to voice any inane ideas they may have. On slow days, celebrities are apt to get more attention if they say something vaguely interesting. Way too much of any day’s news is the words of celebrities, the more provacative the better. In reaction to that, millions of ordinary people have lost interest in patronizing movies, the NFL has had a season of empty stadium seats, and viewers of some television shows have turned to something else instead.

Advertising is expensive, placement on a popular show means more people see your ad. Advertisers are always deeply worried about the effectiveness of their ads. Will lots of people see them, will the ad increase sales. paying for itself, or will the executive get in trouble for an ad that does not work? So advertisers are sensitive to any kind of boycott.  Doesn’t always work as expected. Dick’s Sporting Goods attempted to be sensitive to the gun-banning people, and their sales have tanked. The people didn’t go for football players “taking a knee” instead of respecting the national anthem, and the NFL has had masses of empty seats all year. Hollywood movies are losing money. Big companies used to understand that although nobody cared how they personally voted, their public face was firmly non-political. Newer, younger companies have not learned that lesson, and the Silicon Valley folk do not grasp their own predicament. They have even used the Southern Poverty Law Center (the biggest hate group in the country) as their fact-checker, and are attempting to be helpful to Chinese efforts to control their own citizens ever more completely.

If you watch the way the Communist Chinese government is attempting to control their own citizens with constant computer monitoring, consider that your conversations on social media are being monitored and recorded, that your conversations at home can be monitored with all the new Alexa-type devices, does it make you a little nervous? They reportedly want your DNA. Have you noticed that the Democrat media is trying to talk us into a recession? Just asking.

Did you know that the Mueller probe, the ‘special counsel investigation’ has so far cost the taxpayers $25.2 million? That’s $4.5 million for salaries and rent, $3.9 million from the Department of Justice, $2,686,270 for personnel compensation and benefits and another $1 million for special counsel office employees. $580,098 on travel and transportation, and $779 on the “transportation of things”. There’s more, $25,215,852 worth, but you get the idea. Has it accomplished anything at all, except to demonstrate the irresponsibility and malfeasance of our representatives in Washington D.C.?



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.



Chicken Little in Full Cry: “The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling” by The Elephant's Child

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In a press release, the World Meteorological Organization said:

The long-term warming trend has continued in 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth highest on record. The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the top four in the past four years.’

The BBC and others picked up on that and said:

Climate change” Last four years are the ‘world’s hottest”

And the Guardian:

“Past four years hottest on record, data shows.”

 

As you can see a graph tells a very different story. The past decade has a climate change contribution but what elevates the past four years above the previous ones is an El Nino event, the strongest one on record. As we have said many time before an El Nino is not a climatic phenomenon, it is weather. What’s more, after its peak in 2016 the global temperature has fallen by around 0.4° C. The past four years being the warmest on record is true, but it has been primarily due to the 2015/16 super El Nino.

Warmest on record? Not exactly, the WMO got weather and climate mixed up. For the full commentary, go here.

It is fascinating that in the information age, when we supposedly have access to anything and everything in the way of information, it is so hard to figure out just what the truth is.  What is not politicized, seems to be printed in sheer ignorance.  Politics trumps Truth every time. We should make a little more noise about facts and truth. Google employees apparently wanted to ban any Conservative commentary, yet are happy to connive with the Chinese government in suppressing the freedom of China’s citizens to complete control. Apparently those who have spent their lives so far learning technology issues, have neglected to learn any history, or read the Constitution, or learn the nature of the free enterprise system.




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