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Getting Tired of Being Called a “Racist”? by The Elephant's Child


I am becoming terminally tired of the Democrats and their Race Card. Sorry, you cannot change your history of being on the wrong side in the efforts to get rid of slavery and all it’s remnants, by accusing everyone else of racism. President Trump did not suggest anything racist about AOC’s “Squad.” I was astonished to learn that the four members of AOC’s “Squad” were to be considered  “women of color.” I hadn’t noticed. I assumed that they were all “Justice Democrats,” Socialists, which is a remarkably ignorant idea for any American. Actually, Democrats seem to accuse anyone who has the temerity to disagree with them of racism.  It’s just an automatic response.

The President inartfully tweeted about the four women who are actually members of Congress, yet seem to dislike the country they supposedly serve, suggesting that if they didn’t like it in this country, they were free to leave. But what he said was to suggest that they should go back where they came from. Bad turn of phrase, but nothing to do with race. Remember that Donald Trump came of age in the years of the Vietnam War protests, when “love it or leave it” was a common phrase. He probably learned early on that if someone punches you, you punch them right back.

Many people wish that President Trump would not tweet. He does use his tweets to insult all too frequently, but he usually insults only those who have insulted him. He did come up with an insult that I’d never heard before. He suggested that those people were “why they put instructions on the shampoo bottle.”  You’ll have to admit that’s a pretty good one. It makes me laugh.

Clearly numbers of people out there suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Some Democrats are absolutely intent on Impeaching the President. The problem is what for? You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like his tweets. That’s silly. You are not required to like a president either. We elect a president to do a good job with the country and the economy, and you would have to be among the “shampoo instructions” bunch to fail to recognize a booming economy, with the lowest rates of unemployment for blacks in history.  The fewest people on food stamps. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) introduced articles of impeachment apparently because he thinks President Trump “unfit” for office, six million new jobs for our economy since he was elected seems a pretty fair denial of that claim.

Democrats usually depend on buying votes to get elected. That is, they offer to have the taxpayers give people something “for free” like Medicare for all, which often works because the majority of the people do not recognize the simple fact that the federal government has no money of its own. Anything the federal government offers as a new benefit has to be paid for by raising taxes. Feelings of pride and self-worth do not come from being given another handout, but from being able to take care of yourself and your family with the work you do. The low unemployment and lack of need for food stamps or welfare, may have a lot of America’s black citizens feeling more kindly towards President Trump. Democrats may be fearful of losing some of the black vote, which may explain a lot. Certainly you won’t hear promises from Democrat candidates of keeping the booming economy going. Instead they can’t wait to raise taxes.

ADDENDUM: I have erred. The source of the insult that has so amused me may not be President Trump but Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Still really funny!



Climate Alarmism is Now a Real Economic Threat! by The Elephant's Child

From Alan Carlin: Carlin Economics and Science:
Climate Alarmism is Now a Real Economic Threat to the U.S”

Climate alarmism is probably the most insidious, largest, and most dangerous scam ever perpetrated on the American public and most of the developed world. Unless brought down by reality, it is now reaching such dimensions that it could even end the position of the current developed countries as the primary engine for economic and technological progress. Instead, the dictates of climate alarmism may eventually consume as much as half of the resources available and yield nothing but climate virtue signalling. Western Europe has been badly impacted by the climate scam, and is no longer providing the technical and economic leadership that it long has. The United States has been adversely affected by all the money it wastes on economically inferior renewables but the current fiscal stimulus is great enough to obscure it except in very blue states such as California. Here energy prices have increased substantially and some workers are moving elsewhere on a net basis.

In terms of countries, if the scam continues and expands, the “old” developed countries will be the primary losers because they will spend much more for energy of much lower quality. One proposal, the Green New Deal (GND), advocates spending about half of US national product on this virtue signalling over the next ten years That means real output will fall by half since virtue signalling is the only alleged useful product of this half. If the US decides to implement the GND as the Democratic Party wants, it will suffer the consequences. But at least two large countries will gain, China and India, since they are rapidly expanding their already large numbers of coal-fired power plants and are doing so based on their underdeveloped county status (how China made it into this group is unclear to me). I believe that every country in the world should be able to build the lowest cost, most useful power plants, but the case of India is particularly compelling. China, India, and other less developed countries will have much lower energy costs and thereby be able to attract more customers for their products by their lower energy prices.

It is thus rather clear that climate alarmism will help China and India gain economically from radical decarbonization proposed by the developed world. It is not clear whether the US will remain outside the Paris Treaty if Trump loses in 2020. This could lead to a calamitous reduction in US economic strength relative to China particularly. US energy independence has been accomplished during the Trump Administration, but could be rapidly eroded by a Democratic President or Congress if they decided to try to end fracking or oil production on public lands or waters. more…

From Zero Hedge:

Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-Made Climate Change
Doesn’t Exist in Practice”

A new scientific study could bust wide open deeply flawed fundamental assumptions underlying controversial climate legislation and initiatives such as the Green New Deal, namely, the degree to which ‘climate change’ is driven by natural phenomena vs. man-made issues measured as carbon footprint. Scientists in Finland found “practically no anthropogenic [man-made] climate change” after a series of studies. 

“During the last hundred years the temperature increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C”, the Finnish researchers bluntly state in one among a series of papers.

This has been collaborated by a team at Kobe University in Japan, which has furthered the Finnish researchers’ theory: “New evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth’s climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an ‘umbrella effect’,” the just published study has found, a summary of which has been released in the journal Science Daily. The findings are hugely significant given this ‘umbrella effect’ — an entirely natural occurrence  could be the prime driver of climate warming, and not man-made factors.

The scientists involved in the study are most concerned with the fact that current climate models driving the political side of debate, most notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) climate sensitivity scale, fail to incorporate this crucial and potentially central variable of increased cloud cover.

There’s more, Do read the whole thing.

I’m particularly interested in the spread and adoption of radical ideas. There seem to be an uncountable number of people who not only believe in climate change, and that we have only a short time to save ourselves and the earth, without ever having read anything from a scientist of some repute, nor from many scientists, nor found out where they got their information and why they believe what they do believe. I call it “doing your homework”, and keep urging everyone to “study up.”

I am certainly not a scientist, but I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, largely outdoors, on 400 acres surrounded by National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land, with a river running through it. I’ve been snowed in, had lightening strike close by, and coped with floods. Five feet of snow is not a big deal if you keep it plowed. I’ve had the Union Pacific derailed in the front yard as well, so I’m not apt to fall for a sudden panic about climate change. Some winters are mild, some are hard, and sometimes it gets very hot in the summer. There seem to be some long cycles, but then there always have been. Everybody seems to confuse climate with weather. California wildfires are neither, but have specific causes. Hurricanes are weather, not climate. And an unusually long hot summer is indeed, climate.



A Little History for Mr. Kaepernick and Nike by The Elephant's Child

Perhaps you have seen this picture from Barack Obama’s Inauguration which has been widely circulated in response the the Nike shoe flap. You will notice the Betsy Ross flags at each end of the display. And the other flags depicting a time when we had fewer than 50 states. Hawaii and Alaska became the 49th and 50th states in 1959.

The Betsy Ross flag was the first official flag of the United States of America.

Jane Hampton Cook does a nice job of dispelling the myths about the Betsy Ross Flag at The Federalist.:

The Betsy Ross flag is not a colonial flag. It is the first official flag of the United States of America.

The Betsy Ross flag is the first flag of the United States of America, not of Britain’s American colonies. Independence Day, July 4, 1776, marks the day that the Declaration of Independence changed the American colonies into states.

While submitting to the authority of the Continental Congress, the new states began to set up new state governments and write new state constitutions. At the same time, Gen. George Washington knew that his army and the American people needed a new flag to symbolize this change from a government based on royalty to one based on representation. Betsy Ross, a known upholsterer in Philadelphia, sewed the first flag, according to sworn affidavits given by her descendants.

When Congress officially issued this flag on June 14, 1777, they emphasized the symbolism of the thirteen new states, not the thirteen colonies. “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation,” declared the Journal of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Do read the whole thing. Someone might send a copy to the idiots at Nike.



A Simple Response to a Stupid Controversy by The Elephant's Child

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell posted this on Twitter, which I thought was nice. Especially after all the ignoramuses out there, unfamiliar with history, decided that the Betsy Ross flag was somehow a racist symbol.

Why should I be surprised? Anything and everything can now be assumed to be racist. It’s getting tiresome, and accomplishes nothing, nothing at all.



It Appears That Kamala Harris is A Liar. by The Elephant's Child

Much has been made of Kamala Harris’s attack on Joe Biden in the Democrat Debates. Biden slipped way down in the polls, and Harris’s carefully rehearsed attack advanced her standing.

In her blast at Joe Biden, she claimed that:

Two decades after Brown v. Board, I was only the second class to integrate at Berkeley public schools. Without that decision, I likely would not have become a lawyer and eventually be elected a Senator from California.

That’s the power a Supreme Court Justice holds.

In political jargon, that’s called “playing the race card”, but personal experience makes it even more important. The Gateway Pundit clears the air a little, explaining that Kamala’s parents were successful professionals. Kamala went to school in Berkeley for only 2 years. She moved with her mother to Canada at age 7, where she completed grade school and high school.

Then a little checking confirms that classrooms in the Berkeley public schools were integrated in 1963— a year before Kamala was born. Ooops!

Getting caught in downright lies to the American people is not usually helpful in a race for the presidency. You don’t get a pass just because it’s a debate.



Two Hundred and Forty Three Years of Freedom by The Elephant's Child

President Trump’s Fourth of July speech was excellent. Democrats extended every effort to disparage, demean and dump on the occasion, but it was a very good, very patriotic speech from the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the service of all branches of our military who have served and saved the nation over the years since our founding. I have seven ancestors who fought in the Revolution, and two died, one was a leader of a group of Minute Men who was killed at the Battle of Bridgeport, and a great (6th I think) grandmother who was killed when a troop of Hessians broke into the house looking for her husband. She was still abed recovering from childbirth, and so frightened she jumped out of the window, fell into the well, and drowned.

During the speech as each branch of the service was honored, there was a flyover from that branch of the service, ending with the Blue Angels.We usually see them once a year here at Seafair, and the cranks complain about the noise, and the rest celebrate as the “sound of freedom.” They always put on a spectacular close formation show.

For those of you who might have missed it:

It was a speech of national pride, a celebration of America, and not political at all. Unfortunately,celebrating America has become political.

And the unfortunate campaign among the Democrats for their party’s nomination seems to have devolved into the idea that the nomination will go to whoever can come up with the biggest insult to President Trump. Strange indeed, but that seems to be where we are.



How Does Your Home Town Celebrate the Fourth? by The Elephant's Child

I did not grow up in a town, but about 9 miles out of the nearest town, so it is more or less “my home town.” A friend who also grew up in that town, who now lives in St. Louis, keeps the rest of us up to date on notable events. One, of course, being the Fourth of July Celebration. which this year, as in past years, (for 40years?) will feature a big porcupine race. My personal experiences with porcupines had nothing to do with racing, and a lot to do with removing quills from dogs , who would not learn from experience, and once from one trying to get in the small window beside my bed, sometime in the wee hours of the night. That did not end well either, for the porcupine.




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