American Elephants


Jordan Peterson: A Speech for Every College Student by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a speech every college student should hear. I wish someone had made that speech when I was in college. It seems like much of the world has slipped a cog. Minds are in disarray. Obvious signs are ignored. The unimportant and minor takes center stage and important things rouse no interest.

I think Jordan Peterson is one of our most interesting intellectuals trying to get people to pay attention. He’s pushing basic common sense and that is so rare in today’s world that people don’t know what to do with it.

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A Panicky Pelosi Claims Conspiracy and Distortion. by The Elephant's Child


We await the release of the Memo from the House Intelligence Committee. It is a four page document supposedly referring to the use of the Fusion GPS misinformation to obtain FISA Court permission to surveil and/or wiretap the Trump Campaign, and/or to unmask names. In other words nobody really seems to have a clue.  But—Democrats are having a near nervous breakdown attempting to prevent the release, or make sure that everyone understands that it is inaccurate, false, misleading or something like that, which would seem to indicate that they are scared to death of the reaction.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan demanding that he remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as chairman of the Intelligence Committee for releasing the “bogus memo that has taken the GOP ‘s cover-up campaign to a new, completely unacceptable extreme.”

Both the DOJ and FBI oppose releasing the Nunes memo. As the Department of Justice warned, the public release of the memo would be an “unprecedented action” and “extraordinarily reckless.” The FBI also expressed that the agency has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

It has now come to our attention that Congressman Nunes deliberately and materially altered the contents of the memo since it was voted on by the House Republicans. This action is not only dangerous, it is illegitimate, and violates House rules.

The committee says they cleaned up the punctuation and some spelling, or something like that. Democrats attempt to discredit Chairman Nunes in advance of the release does seem to be a little bit much. An MSNBC analyst asked two Democrat lawmakers if Chairman Nunes was “compromised by the Russians” or a “Russian agent.”

Here’s Andrew McCarthy’s post today, in which he says the FBI and Democrats don’t have good reasons for wanting to prevent it’s disclosure to the public.Andy, as a former Federal Prosecutor, has been clear and informative on this whole process.

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, I believe, suggests that the Obama administration was wiretapping and investigating illegally, the Trump Campaign, which they thought was safe because Hillary would win, and now they are having to go back and do a cover-up after the fact, a kind of interference in an election that would be one of the worst scandals in American history.

All rumor, innuendo, guesswork and suspicion, but it’s getting really interesting. Nancy Pelosi is doing a great job of stirring up interest with her panicky accusation of conspiracy theories and attacks on Committee members.

Picture is a screen shot from Weasel Zippers



Once California Was an Island, Off The Coast of Nova Mexico by The Elephant's Child
February 1, 2018, 9:57 pm
Filed under: History, Latin America, Mexico | Tags: , ,


I thought you might be interested in these historic  maps showing California as an island, off the coast of Nova Mexico. I don’t know the year, but they are writing in Spanish, rather than Aztec symbols, You can see notations for Apaches, Zunis, and Navajos so some exploration had been done. I don’t see any prominent illustration of the Missions, but I can’t read the small print.

I have resisted any snarky comments. You probably should too. :>)



The Trials and Tribulations of Technology Gone Haywire by The Elephant's Child

People who run big companies are only human, like the rest of us. Some are not as bright as they think they are, they are subject to fashion and fads, and very much influenced by what other companies are doing—because they might know something that their own company does not. It’s not easy running a big company, that’s why they make big salaries, and why the Democrats always want to raise their taxes.

One of the very BIG words floating around in our society at present is “Diversity.” An organization must be diverse or they will be accused of being racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-another underrepresented minority or another of those words, and held up to censure, ridicule, bad publicity or even attacks from the more enlightened. Womyn are particularly interested in diversity, as they know that all women are paid 9% less than men for doing the same job, even though equal pay has been the law since 1963. Group pictures will be scanned for the correct mixture of skin colors and ethnicity. It is a very big deal, and utterly meaningless.

James Damore, a software engineer at Google, was attempting to help to alleviate the problem, which Google apparently considers to be a very major problem indeed.  J. Christian Adams wrote about Mr. Damore and his lawsuit against Google at PJ Media.

I met James Damore at a conference last November after he received an award for speaking out against Google’s race obsession and cultish orthodoxy. The poor fellow seemed bewildered, still stuck in those good old-fashioned American notions of free speech, tolerance, and color-blindness toward other people. Damore didn’t seem to understand the Left has big plans for America. His experience at Google should make clear to every American that this gang is playing for keeps.

This article cannot possibly capture all of the rancid, racialist, thuggish things going on at Google, so I’d urge you to take time to read the whole complaint. It’s like reading Solzhenitsyn’s travel log from Ekibastuze. It reveals nothing short of the psychologies of totalitarianism in their timeless forms. The purges. The moral relativism. The threats. The lists of enemies.  The upside-down world of the wicked justifying their wickedness.

Do read Mr. Adams’ short article, and then follow the above link, to the whole complaint. I read it last night, and had a hard time getting to sleep.

Google is so wrongheaded, so foolish. They have fallen for a racist meme and are criticizing the most valuable thing they might have in their employees which is diversity of ideas. Real advances come about when someone thinks differently, follows up on a moment of inspiration, refuses to accept the standard idea as the standard.  Neither Orville nor Wilbur Wright had a pilot’s license.

Back in 1852, “Joseph Lister was a young house surgeon at London’s University College Hospital. While dealing with an outbreak of gangrene, he noticed that when he cleaned his patients’ ulcers—an unusual practice at the time—they had a much higher incidence of recovery. ”

He kept following up on his unorthodox idea, and learned of Louis Pasteur’s work, and eventually was able to decide that it wasn’t bad air, but “its constituent of microbial life” that was the source of hospital infection. Generations of people are alive today because Joseph Lister pursued his own diversity of thought. You can quickly come up with dozens if not hundreds of advances in our world that came about because someone had the fortitude to think differently, even in the face of taunts and condemnation.

It is, of course, much more comfortable when no one ruffles the feathers of anyone else, goes along to get along, does not rock the foundations. But thinking a little differently is what allows us to advance. It will take a courageous court in Santa Clara County to deal properly with Mr. Damore’s complaint, and conventional thinking would take note of the fact that Google is a very large and prosperous employer in the county. Think differently.



Improper Conduct and Abuse of Power? by The Elephant's Child

The Washington Examiner reports that: “The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release the four page memo that allegedly details that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought the renewal of a federal court-authorized surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.” Also named in the memo, were outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (who has resigned and been put on permanent leave until the end of the year, to save his pension?), and former FBI Director James Comey.

The vote apparently involved invoking an “obscure” congressional rule to force the release of a classified memo written by Republicans that outlines what they say are federal surveillance authority abuse. The Republican majority, while voting to make the four-page GOP memo public, also voted against releasing a “counter memo” written by the Democrat minority. They voted to release the Democrat memo for viewing by House members. According to the rule, the memo can be made public as long as President Trump does not object within the next five days.

Ranking minority member Adam Schiff D-CA, said “We have crossed a deeply regrettable line in this committee.” The memo reportedly accuses the top FBI leadership of abusing the surveillance warrant process known as FISA, which involves presenting legal evidence to a FISA Court before taking any action. Congressman Schiff was referred to by Liz Shield of Instapundit as the current chairman of  of the Congressional Leak Everything Department, which I thought was funny, and presumably accurate.

So far, all we have had is a lot of rumors that executives at the FBI collaborated in attempting to influence the election, compromise the incoming Trump administration, and that a couple of FBI employees were engaging in an extramarital affair and texting each other about secret plans to work against the Trump administration. That the FBI used the “Steele Dossier” paid for by the Clinton Campaign to get FISA Court approval to investigate the Trump campaign, including wiretapping Trump tower? That and more is what is floating around, but all rumor and insinuation. If true in any part, it is extraordinarily damaging to the government. These “public servants” are supposed to be working for the benefit of the American people, not playing politics.

Corruption is always not only tempting, but always present in governments. Our Founders were well aware of that, and attempted in the U.S. Constitution to include safeguards. Why is it not surprising that a Democrat reporter for the Week is demanding that we do away with the Constitution entirely.



Promise Goes a Glimmering If You Don’t Grasp The Basics of Economics and History by The Elephant's Child

Sometimes visitors dredge up an article from our archives that I had forgotten all about. Here is one of them, from July 14, 2016, with some reminders for today.

IN an important article at The Federalist, John Gibbs offers a different view of the racial division in the country.

My view of America is that we are a place of great promise and opportunity, where someone like me, who is the grandchild of illiterate black Southern sharecroppers, can achieve success and reach the American dream. We are a place occupied by fair-minded, hard-working people whose culture and values have built a nation that is the envy of the world. I am proud to be a part of that culture.

Our Founders, while imperfect and a product of their times, were visionary heroes who made hard choices and compromises to give us the successful system we have today. Because Americans are good, we’ve worked hard over time to right the wrongs in our society that our Founding Fathers could not eliminate in their time. In summary, we are a fundamentally decent people blessed to live in a phenomenal land with a rich heritage.

But not so for President Obama. His view of our nation seems to be very different than mine and that of many other Americans. I believe that when President Obama thinks of America, more so than a place of hope or opportunity, he thinks of a place where racist white Christian fundamentalists came here from Europe, committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved and segregated black people, denied women, gays, and other minorities their rights, and used capitalism and a rigged legal system to oppress poor people for centuries. He also believes this is still continuing today.

Do read the whole thing.

Zero Hedge chimes in again with some interesting data points from last week’s June Employment Report. The mid year burst of minimum-wage increases scheduled for July 1st when minimum wages will rise in 15 places: two states—Maryland and Oregon, plus Washington D.C., Los Angeles County and eleven cities, including Chicago, eight cities in California and two in Kentucky, shows what happens when the Left manages to increase the minimum wage. Unemployment for young black males increases sharply.

blackteenMilton Friedman explained may years ago:

The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills. That’s what the law says. The law says that here’s a man who has a skill that would justify a wage of $5 or $6 per hour (adjusted for today), but you may not employ him, it’s illegal, because if you employ him you must pay him $7.25 per hour. So what’s the result? To employ him at $7.25 per hour is to engage in charity. There’s nothing wrong with charity. But most employers are not in the position to engage in that kind of charity. Thus, the consequences of minimum wage laws have been almost wholly bad. We have increased unemployment and increased poverty.

Moreover, the effects have been concentrated on the groups that the do-gooders would most like to help. The people who have been hurt most by the minimum wage laws are the blacks. I have often said that the most anti-black law on the books of this land is the minimum wage law.

 



Why The Talk of “Fake News”? Here’s Why: by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a devastating compilation of the Fake News Media on the attack put together by the Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle, who tweeted that he had six minutes of more outtakes that he had to cut from this compilation. Instapundit describes it as an “embarrassment of riches.”

Then there’s the Democrat media’s fantastically defensive commentary about Hillary’s collapse when returning to her limousine, or having to be helped up the stairs. Funny.

And then there were all of those coughing fits, which the doctor announced were caused by dehydration which had been treated (drink some water) and pneumonia because she is unsteady on her feet and collapses?

Sometimes you don’t notice when you just see one or two examples, but when there are dozens compiled—it’s a different matter entirely. Funny.

 




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