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August 9, 2018, 4:03 am
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Victor Davis Hanson Receives the Edmund Burke Award by The Elephant's Child

May 30, 2018: After introductory remarks from Roger Kimball, here is Victor Davis Hanson’s acceptance speech of the Edmund Burke Award honoring Outstanding Service to Culture and Society. Well deserved. The ancient world and how it is reflected in today’s society. Wonderful speech, worth every minute.

I post links to a lot of articles by Dr. Hanson. I think he’s probably the most important historian writing today, and captures more of reality in a presently very fractured world.



Democrats Hark Back to William Shakespeare for Inspiration by The Elephant's Child

Three Representatives in the House (Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramilla Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) introduced legislation to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed earlier Thursday that he planned to schedule a vote on the bill.

The three Dems said if a vote comes to the floor, they will vote against it. Republicans were delighted with the opportunity to force Democrats to take a difficult vote. A lot of Democrat voters want ICE abolished because they don’t understand what ICE does and assumes they rip innocent children from their mother’s arms. ( No, that’s the Border Patrol) because they’ve seen the pictures of kids in cages (Those were Obama’s cages, not Trump’s). ICE are the police of immigration. They try to remove the illegals who have committed serious crimes from the country, like those who are sex-trafficking children, committing violence or bringing in drugs.

The GOP lawmakers said Democrats should be willing to show their constituents where they actually stand on the issue.

“Democrats have been trying to make July 4th about abolishing ICE, which is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill. “I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue.”

Republicans have blasted the legislation, arguing eliminating the agency would lead to an influx of human and drug trafficking as well as gang violence, and increase the country’s risk of being subjected to an act of terrorism.

I think this is a perfect example of Shakespeare’s idiom in Hamlet “hoist with his own petard” A petard is a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching the castle walls.

Shakespeare’s phrase, “hoist with his own petard,” is an idiom that means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap”, implying that one could be lifted (blown) upward by one’s own bomb, or in other words, be foiled by one’s own plan.

A little humor is always welcome, especially if it’s actually funny.



“Virtue Signaling” Explained and Demonstrated by The Elephant's Child

This new era when everybody is a victim and everybody else has to prove how virtuous they are by emoting with the proper passion is getting remarkably tiresome. Tucker Carlson discusses “virtue signaling” which is one of those recent additions to the lexicon, in this audio from his program. Other than those who are doing the “virtue signaling” I don’t know if anyone is actually impressed.



Here’s Why City Councils Often Become National Laughingstocks by The Elephant's Child

When people get interested in actually doing politics, some start near the beginning and run for their local city council.  Perhaps that is why City Councils so frequently make the national news for some dumb thing they have done. The Seattle City Council is an excellent example. Seattle has a major “homeless” problem, so of course they want to help give them homes.

I should note that I put “homeless” in quotes, because for the most part their problems are not a lack of a home, but drug addiction, uncontrolled alcoholism, mental illness. Some, it is reported, just like living on the street and don’t want to be controlled.  Call them “street people.”

Seattle property is currently very expensive, and becoming more so rapidly. So building homes for the “homeless” requires a hike in taxes. Problem is that we already are very thoroughly taxed. The Washington State Constitution forbids an income tax (which the bureaucrats keep trying to repeal) so they have to find somewhere else to tax. We have a significant sales tax, car taxes are at absurd levels, and property taxes are so far through the roof that people are leaving the state for more welcoming venues. But homes, homes, we need homes for the” homeless”!

The Seattle City Council’s initial solution was a “head tax” on the employees of “Big Business, those companies making $20 million or more like  Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks and others who have their headquarters in Seattle. (Boeing has moved their headquarters to Chicago, so perhaps they don’t count) In any case, the lefty supporters insisted that large companies like Starbucks and Amazon have contributed to Seattle’s homelessness by driving up rent and home prices.

They started off with a $500 “head tax” per employee, but new mayor Jenny Durkan undoubtedly heard for several weeks in no uncertain terms from a few of those big companies. The City Council reduced the tax to a $275 tax per-employee. Amazon has around 222,400 employees. National reporters love stories poking fun at bureaucrats, and the story spread across the country and anyone with the most basic familiarity with economics, which excludes most lefties, had a good laugh at the stupidity. (What happens in a company when a city council imposes a huge tax? Do they simply write a check? Amazon is already reported to be looking for another city for a “second” headquarters.) You can do the multiplication yourself.

Mayor Durkan and some members of the Seattle City Council have beat a hasty retreat. No “head tax”, they’ll think of something else. I’m not sure they’re open to suggestions, though I’m sure there are plenty of them out there.

 



Jordan Peterson: The Fatal Flaw In Leftist Thought by The Elephant's Child

One can assume that Jordan Peterson became a Clinical Psychologist because he was curious about what makes people tick, and when you get into that there are far more questions than answers. And so he became a professor and keeps studying and analyzing, and the Universities got all weird, and politics got all weird, and the Canadian government began to tell him what language he must use to describe human beings, and that annoyed him most fiercely. And so he has become a public figure with his speeches and videos and the rest of us are able to have the benefit of his thought, for which I am most grateful.  He’s good.




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