American Elephants


Suggested Reading for Clarifying the Mind by The Elephant's Child
  • From Victor Davis Hanson:”The New Nihilism:” Summing up the Democrats’ response to President Donald J. Trump, and his many, many accomplishments. Not a pretty picture.
  • From Steven Camarota of CIS: “On Immigration, Trump Needs to Focus on the Numbers” For all the talk about the border, the biggest issue is not welfare or illegal immigration per se; it is the total number of immigrants settling in the country ,legally or illegally. Democrats focus on amnesty, Businesses push for ever more guest workers, and the media happily supports both. The national interest and his political future depend on the numbers.
  • From Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:Border apprehensions jump 84 percent, 606,000 expected this year” a surprising surge. Again, it’s the numbers.
  • From Andrew R. Arthur of CIS:Notes on a Deal I Haven’t Seen: The Pitfalls of Compromise” The fundamental issue behind all of this is the request for crucially needed infrastructure along the border. I mean fences, walls, barriers, drag roads, cameras, sensors and any number of other tools needed by the 18,600 Border Patrol agents who man the 1,954-mile southern border.

We assume that the illegal border-crossers come from Mexico and Central America, many come from the Middle East as well.

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Is This The Greatest Government Scandal Ever? by The Elephant's Child

On Thursday, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told him that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met to discuss whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. In other words, they were discussing  a coup. These are the people appointed to high government office in the department of the United States that is charged with upholding and being responsible to see that the law is obeyed.  a coup! If you are not sure of the real meaning of that word, look it up.

This is a shocking disclosure. Sorry, you don’t get to plot to remove the president. especially when you work for the president. The interesting thing all along has been the hatred for the president because he defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency? Because you don’t like him? Because the Democrat party lost control? I can accept  the idea that he scares you because he has a business background rather than a government background, and might not understand all the little things presidents are supposed to overlook, because they’re the Justice Department. You can file articles of impeachment when there is a crime, but there is not, and never has been – a crime. You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like him. The Deep State at work.

Nor do you get to impeach a president nor remove him from office because your political party has gone stark raving bonkers. Democrats worship FDR, for saving the country from the Great Depression. But he did no such thing. He had no idea what to do, so he brought in his “Brain Trust” who didn’t know what to do either, so they engaged in endless tinkering which made the Depression last far longer than it would have had he just done nothing. Had he just paid attention to what Coolidge did, which was nothing, the recovery would have come quickly. But Democrats have never understood economics at all. They are fixated on soaking the rich to make everyone equal.

They might turn their attention to all of the things this president is accomplishing for the country, but that would just increase the anger.



Where Are Those Caravans We Were Worried About? by The Elephant's Child

A few days ago there was an enormous caravan coming up on buses to the –Southern border with over 1,200 people from Honduras or Guatemala, and curiously they seem to have disappeared from the news entirely, or am I deluded? Not just “fake news” but absent news. There was more than one huge group, but Mexican cities were so anxious to get rid of them that they were arranging buses or trucks to help them on their way to the Texas border. So where are they?

President Trump held a rally in El Paso, a border town, and also the home town of “Beto” O’Rourke, failed senatorial candidate, who was holding an opposing rally at the same time. He is apparently still trying to decide if he is running for the presidency too. He seems to think that El Paso didn’t really want border walls and claimed Trump only wanted walls because he was a racist. Breitbart posted  a funny picture of O’Rourke speaking to supporters through  very tall fence. I’m not sure that Beto is ready for prime time.

There were news pictures of police cars lined up a few feet apart on the border, I presume to stop the thousand or so disappeared caravan people.
National Sheriff’s organizations appeared before Congress to demand more border security. The Democrats are offering less than half of what Trump asked for and what border patrol people are begging for. I have no idea if it is just refusal to give Trump anything as a win for him, or if they are just determined on open borders. One would think that MS-13 gangs, fentanyl and heroin, new diseases like Typhoid in LA, measles. mumps and many new cases of TB would be of interest to Democrats, but apparently not. Nor are the crimes committed by illegals. The new California governor, Gavin Newsum (?) seems to want open borders too. I don’t care about their race, or their language, I want them to care enough about coming to America that they want to do it legally. Countries have borders and laws. If you don’t obey them coming in, you are probably not going to become a useful citizen.



“A Known Fact That Climate Change Is Happening” by The Elephant's Child

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that she is entering the 2020 presidential race, during a snowstorm, and said that it is a known fact that “climate change is happening”.

Klobuchar said Trump’s tweet that mocked her for talking about climate change while standing in a snowstorm is “so wrong.”

“I’m sorry if it still snows in the world, but the point is that we know climate change is happening,” Klobuchar argued. “Just this last year it was one of the fourth hottest years in the history of the world. That’s what’s happening right now. We see this Greenland ice sheet melting. Look at those wildfires in Colorado and California, where you [have had] a dad trying to get through a fire trying to calm his kid down in a car. That’s what’s happening right now in this country. So that’s why I think we cannot ignore it.”

Well, no, no, no, and your entire statement is completely wrong, Senator. The last year, 2018, was the 6th warmest year in the now–40 year satellite record of lower troposphere temperature variations. 25/100ths of one degree Centigrade warmer.

Senator Schumer believes. He announced that the hurricanes were caused by Global Warming. Jerry Brown said that California’s wildfires, drought, and floods were all caused by Global Warming and he wanted to put up his very own satellite to measure the CO² in the atmosphere so he could be prepared.
The new California governor seems to be ready to pursue the same theme. Our Gov. Jay Inslee tried to prevent fossil fuels from shipping from our ports because of Global Warming. I vaguely remember that some Lefty environmental organization was offering help to Democrat governors, linking them to other governors who faced  similar problems, helping to solve them, getting them lots of publicity, that sort of thing, but I cannot remember the details enough to search for an answer.

They have clearly been warned about “the deniers,” obviously conservatives who do not believe in Global Warming, which is the only correct position. They seem to group-believe.  Do remember that in early February of 2015, at a news conference in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, the General Secretary of the IPPC, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity — but to destroy capitalism.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

They don’t care about the environment, it’s a tool in their drive for control. Then, when everyone is truly equal (except for the wise folks who will lead the way) there will be no more rich and poor — you know the rest, you’ve heard it all before. Those others just didn’t do it right. It’s just hard to understand why they believe.



The State of the Union Speech by The Elephant's Child

Oh excellent, excellent and most excellent. President Trump gave his best speech yet. Democrats were all prepared to go on and on about his lying and bragging. Not going to work. He explained his accomplishments for the country, why they needed to be done, and how they are working. He explained his hopes for the country and for the world, and asked for their help in getting it done.

I saw Nancy Pelosi all in white, but it took a while to realize that all the Democrat women were in white, symbolizing something or other. I apparently missed the explanation. I thought they were imitating Cuba’s Women in White, with their usual lack of comprehension of Communism, but I understand that they were thinking of themselves as “suffragettes” who nobody remembers and have nothing to do with white clothes as far as I can remember. I’m female, but definitely not a feminist, and find them  embarrassing. They seemed to have lot of trouble figuring out when to stand and when to sit, when to smile and when to scowl. Speaker Pelosi seemed to have big chunk of lemon in her cheek which she bit down on in the more stressful moments. (The cheering, the shouts of USA, USA!)

Chuck Schumer said that Stacey Abrams was a wonderful speaker, so I was interested but completely unfamiliar with her. I guess nobody checked on what she was going to say. Yea Unions! Boo depriving the people of their votes? Huh? Nice family stories, but utterly ill-informed about what is happening in the United States, except for Democrat propaganda. Little children in cages and all that. Seems like a nice lady. She tried to make a big deal out of the government shutdown, which was an inconvenience, but ruined no one’s life. I’m afraid that she was chosen as the first African-American woman to give the response to a State of the Union speech. Democrats think like that. The actuality of what is said isn’t that important.

Really funny to listen to the media’s comments pre-speech. Senator Schumer’s anticipatory comments were an absolute disgrace. He should be ashamed. There is really no place for that. Schumer has been in Congress since 1981. The venom of the Left knows no bounds.



Global Warming Is Creating Misery in the Upper Midwest by The Elephant's Child

Chicago and the upper Midwest are suffering under a cold wave. Top that off with power failures in Minnesota, and the media are reeling under assorted wind chill forecasts to find the scariest warnings. But they also somehow have to fit all that in with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim of global warming doom in only 12 years. That’s where it gets complicated.

In the middle of the cold wave, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen Ed. Markey are set to unveil legislation laying out a “Green New Deal” as soon as next week, according to Axios.

The Green New Deal is a set of vague, but broad progressive policy goals seeking to transform the economy in the name of fighting climate change. It has risen from obscurity to prominence since the November election, with Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star, leading the charge. Democrats eyeing presidential runs — including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris — are backing the general concept of the Green New Deal, which is sure to play a role in the 2020 primary.

They didn’t know the details but a draft legislative document circulating that describes the policy from O-C’s campaign website.

  • That document includes a goal of 100% renewable electricity within 10 years (up from 17% today), a federal jobs guarantee for people working in the low-carbon transition, and universal healthcare.
  • It’s light on details on how that would be funded and is also silent on whether the policy includes a price on carbon dioxide emissions, long considered central to climate change policy.

So perhaps it’s not too surprising that Democrats are urging their party to find someone, to primary AO-C before the next election. The party is not usually too excited to have green freshmen congresspeople proposing legislation and making speeches, and demanding attention. Kind of  basic manners. They are supposed to be silent and learn the ropes first.

So we are now supposed to blame icy cold on Global Warming, or something like that. Renewable energy comes from hydroelectric dams. Wind and solar simply cannot produce the energy that an industrial state requires. Wind does not blow at the optimum speed to produce energy steadily. It blows in wafts and puffs, and sometimes in destructive gales. Wind turbines kill thousands of birds. Solar energy is too diffuse to be of serious use, and there are clouds that move across the sky, or just hang there for days as we in the Northwest know. Scientists simply reject the claim that renewable energy would supply the power needed.

Dr. Lubos Motl: “The actual main purpose of this term,”polar vortex’, is for the journalists to sound credible and convey a thesis about the climate that is absolutely idiotic.”

The UN IPCC’s Kevin Trenberth rebukes fellow warmists on the polar vortex claims: “Frankly, it is a stretch to make that link…this is in a realm of weather – not climate.”

The climate has been warming and cooling for millions of years. The current slight rise in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has meant that the planet is greening and there is more food for hungry people. It has been a huge benefit to mankind, for carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants. The idea of carbon taxes is absurd, and those who have attempted to legislate such taxes have been promptly shut down.

For those who want to understand a little better, visit Dr. Roy Spencer’s website. He is the scientist who runs the satellite program that samples temperatures across the planet. You will find articles like” Global Warming 101″, and other helpful posts on the global warming background, as well as information about his latest book: Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People.

In the meantime, Bill Nye, (Science Guy) who is not a scientist, but has only an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, issued his latest warning: “The U.S. will have to grow its food in Canada. Agriculture in North America is going to have to move north.”

And the University of Wisconsin-Madison issued a new climate modelling study on January 28, 2019 that claims that ice fishing, hockey, skating and skiing on frozen lakes are endangered by “global warming” . The study states that such “iconic cold-weather past-times could become a rare winter treat” due to “global warming.” (Bad Timing!) So there you go.



The Information From a Government Shutdown May Be More Important than We Realize! by The Elephant's Child

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During President Trump’s government shutdown, the partisan media daily gave us a play-by-play account of the agonies of government workers, clearly starving to death and unable to pay for food or fun. Several major banks offered no-interest loans, many DC restaurants offered free meals, and if any federal employees wanted to complain about their horrific treatment, the breathless media was right there with a microphone and a camera.

It should be a lesson to all federal workers, put aside six months of savings. Presidents do try shutdowns now and then, and it’s nice to be prepared. A few dollars at a time works. However the reality on the ground didn’t seem to indicate that furloughed employees suffered enough to satisfy the media.

Perhaps you recall President Obama’s government shutdown. He shut down all the national parks, tried to block viewpoints where people could look into national parks, and shut down federal monuments in Washington D.C. which meant that the special flights bringing elderly WWII veterans to see their monument in the nation’s capitol spoiled their visit. And younger, more able vets took it on themselves to take down the barriers. This time around the drama was all in the press, and there was no attempt to inconvenience ordinary citizens.

Of course Democrats are now trying to come up with a bill that prevents shutting down the government when Republicans are in charge while not interfering with their own ventures.

It’s all theater, of course. What a government shutdown actually does demonstrate is that there are a remarkable number of tasks performed by federal workers that would be better done by the private sector, and quite a lot that don’t need to be done at all. A correspondent for Reason said there was a story in his local paper that National Park Rangers were fining “trespassers” at sites including the Montezuma Well Indian ruins. But that wasn’t quite accurate., the site is free to enter and the small ranger station there is often unstaffed.

Air Traffic Control is, however, a job that needs to be done. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General pointed out that Canada, the U.K. Germany and France have “commercialized their air t traffic operations via independent air navigation service providers” that “are financially self-supporting.” He added that we could learn from their experience. The Airline trade association supports privatization, and industry analysts say the shutdown gave them a bi boost.

We already know that government workers are paid significantly more than their counterparts in the private sector, for no particular reason except that it’s easy for Congress to approve constantly growing budgets. It’s not something that gets attention from their voters at election time.

Do make the effort to write to your representatives and tell them what you think. They may not read your actual letter or email, but if you are a constituent your opinion gets tallied and the fact that you troubled to write gives it extra importance. You might turn out to be an activist.




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