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Senators have not yet recovered! by The Elephant's Child
July 24, 2021, 11:32 pm
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Can you remember when the Democrats decided to impeach President Donald Trump? It was when he first came down the escalator to announce that he was running! Democrats had already determined that they were about to elect the first woman president in Hillary Clinton. She had not only been the First Lady, but the Secretary of State! Things like “First Woman President” are exceptionally important to Democrats. They deem those “Firsts” as enormously important benchmarks. I’m not a Democrat, so things like a thriving economy, low crime rate, controlled borders, and a modest national debt seem of greater value, because the rest of us out there are more apt to thrive when the government is well managed.

There are, unfortunately, many who are a little short in the economics department, and don’t seem to recognize that buying a lot of votes with what seem to be important projects, also means that the people have to pay back the cost. The federal government has no money of it’s own! Every penny they spend comes out of your pocketbook, and mine. That’s why some of us get a bit alarmed when the talk of undefined “infrastructure” gets a bit excitable. “Infrastructure” is one of those words meant to cover a lot of federal misdeeds., as well, of course, as getting more votes. Getting reelected is several notches higher than some fancy repairs to a bridge.

Did I mention that San Francisco is looking at some fancy street waste cans that actually cost $21,000 each? It’s true!

We are just ordinary humans out there, we try to keep up with the news and understand what is really going on, but we have kids and houses and jobs and have to earn enough extra to pay for the bright ideas of some ignorant bureaucrats. Must be fun in a way. You can just shut down a whole pipeline and thousands of jobs, and blame it on climate change in complete confidence that not one in a hundred people have any real idea whether the climate is changing or not, nor if it is of any importance whatsoever.

What I was getting to in the first place is that the Democrats are now attempting to build up the absolute horror of the :”invasion” of the Capitol building on January 6. They are sure that they can somehow establish that the “invasion” was ordered and planned by the hated Donald Trump, and make sure somehow that he never returns to plague them again. We have read that it was planned and organized on Facebook.

Paul Allard Hodgkins was sentenced to 8 months in prison this week, after pleading guilty to
felony-level obstruction of an official proceeding for supposedly interrupting the congressional count of Electoral College votes that took place during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 of this year. Hodgkins’ is the first felony conviction to emerge from the events that “the mainstream media insist on inaccurately describing as an “insurrection.” Will there be more? I think the Democrats want every single soul who wandered through the Capitol Building behind bars for a very long time. Their dignity was attacked. They might keep in mind that they can be replaced, and voters aren’t all that outraged!

There seems to be a bit of double standard proceeding disrupting. Conservatives who disrupt go to prison, but leftists who do it just go on home. What Hodgkins actually did was trespass and demonstrate without permission on the Senate floor where he stood for 15 minutes waving a pro-Trump flag and taking selfies. Didn’t yield a weapon, threaten anyone, but merely seized an opportunity to make a political statement in an abandoned Senate chamber after others has forced their way in. Prosecutors openly acknowledged that Hodgkins did not personally engage in or espouse violence or property destruction. So there you go. Your elected representatives hard at work protecting the dignity of their efforts. Clearly this is the worst thing that has ever happened to them, and they want every single one of the miscreants in prison immediately. Their dignity has been mortally offended. Hodgkins is the first to be sentenced, It’s not clear if he has been detained all this time, or if there are others and how many of them. His prosecution and sentencing seems absurd and fairly outrageous. The Senators have been working hard at making a very big deal of it all for the last 7 months.

The”News”of the Day, and Other Days. by The Elephant's Child
July 23, 2021, 8:25 pm
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“President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has canceled 31 miles of border wall construction set for Laredo, Texas, that was previously funded by Congress and former President Trump’s administration.” Headlines from Breitbart.

Texas, which has the longest border with Mexico, gets the brunt of it. The accompanying headlines are even scarier. Mostly single male border crossers bused to Louisiana cities, Biden registers lowest approval rating of his presidency, Dems plan to hide amnesty behind $10 billion border project. Texans are building their own border wall as fast as they can.

Democrats attach a lot of importance to being “the first”. Hillary was going to be the first woman president. (they forgot to notice that she is a compulsive liar, has gotten drunk in most of the world’s capitols as Sec. of State, and killed off five people who worked for her and were her responsibility with her negligence, and lied about it.) Now they are looking ahead to having the first gay president with Pete Butigieg, who couldn’t even manage the small town he was mayor of. Never mind what might be good for America and Americans.

Well, can’t have any border wall funded by Trump. It might actually work. He had a remarkable amount of success with his efforts. That’s how we got the “warp-speed” vaccine produced. And a ban on any traffic from China as soon as the virus was discovered in the next suburb north of my house. Black Americans have taken notice of the success of his “opportunity zones”and appreciate the effort. Can’t have that either.

Nancy Pelosi is trying desperately to get as much mileage out of the so-called “invasion” of the capitol on January 6 as she possibly can. They’ve called it a “riot”, an “invasion” and every other scary word they can come up with, but except for the Capitol policeman who shot Ashli Babbitt, no one was hurt at all. Pelosi wants them all in prison, of course. All planned on Facebook, they say. Pelosi is sure that the “riot” was planned and organized by Trump, but I have found no evidence of that whatsoever. Is that what she impeached him for?

Joe Biden Doesn’t Want Us to Have Nice Things! by The Elephant's Child
July 22, 2021, 9:56 pm
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I would like to think that Republicans largely seek legislation that will make things work better for everybody, but of course it doesn’t always work out like that. Democrats, on the other hand, seek legislation that will buy votes. That’s why fixing “infrastructure” is always a popular goal, as well as new entitlements and free junior college, that sort of thing. The trouble with a lot of new entitlements is that entitlements simply mean taking taxpayer money to give free benefits to some people. Taking another $5,000 from the rich may not be a big deal, but taking another $500 from those who can’t afford it may make a traumatic difference in their lives.

A Wall Street Journal article points out Joe Biden’s plan for an Entitlement Society. “For the first time in history,” they say. ‘more than half of all Americans would be on the Federal dole.

For the first time in U.S. history—except possibly for the pandemic years 2020 and 2021, for which we don’t yet have data—more than half of working-age households would be on the entitlement rolls if the plan were enacted in its current form. Contrary to Mr. Biden’s assertion that his plan “doesn’t add a single penny to our deficits,” his plan would add more than $1 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.

“National Debt” doesn’t sound like a very big deal, until you recognize that you and your friends and neighbors are the ones who will have to pay it off.

“At the same time, today’s news carries the story that “Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump 51,000 to 419,000.” So you will be paying unemployment benefits to 419,000 people. At the same time, people who were enjoying working from home in their pajamas, are finding out that working from home may be entirely over. And some are quitting because of it. People liked working from home? Who knew?

In the midst of a crime wave, Biden wants to ban handguns. Presumably based on the idea that anyone who has a handgun is a bad person. He also stated at the same Townhall that “crime is down” which is just a remarkable silly statement.

After a hard summer day at work, most people want to clean up after trying to keep up with the Biden inflation. A quick shower under a healthy stream of water is another luxury that the White House wants to take away from Americans.His Department of Energy has proposed to set a limit on how much water can flow through a shower head to 2.5 gallons per minute. The Trump rule could have allowed shower heads to put out “10 to 15 gallons per minute”. but the Biden administration says we just cannot have that. We are short on water? One would think that if consumers wanted to save money that would be their choice. Policing the showers of private citizens is not exactly a legitimate function of government.

But the principle of limited government doesn’t sit well with Democrats. Which is why the Biden White House has said it will review several of the previous administration’s other energy rules, including policies governing light bulbs, toilets, and dishwashers.

Meddling lawmakers and bureaucrats pat themselves and each other on their backs when they legislate and regulate on behalf of conservation and the environment. They like to think of themselves as moral and intellectual superiors pursuing noble objectives.

Issues & Insights (good website) says: ” Democrats believe there’s nothing in our lives too personal for them to supervise, too sacred for them to intervene in. Trump might have said some coarse things at rallies, and many of his tweets were unacceptable among our elitists, but at least he wasn’t determined to micromanage Americans’ lives.”

Have you been hearing about “Critical Race Theory”? Here’s what it is: by The Elephant's Child
July 19, 2021, 8:17 pm
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Race has certainly become the national “hot button”. The Civil War is being re-fought, statues are being torn down, places re-named, demonstrations, riots, and everything, everywhere is inspected for possible racist content or acts. The hottest bit of it all seems to be what has come to be called “Critical Race Theory.” The current battle is about getting Critical Race Theory taught in America’s public schools, as well as becoming widely available in the media. This goes along with “white supremacy” and things like the “1619 Project” which was a big New York Times effort to claim that slavery began in America in 1619 with a big shipload of slaves from Africa who were sold in that year to Virginians and started everything. That turned out to be baloney, but it was widely believed.

“Critical Race Theory” in the wake of “Black Lives Matter” sounds like it would be a good thing, but this is not the case. Here is some good information for finding out what this is and what the facts are and deciding what you think about it all. We’re talking ideologies here, and Marxism. You will find it interesting, and hopefully good information on current themes. Well, it’s not like you are not being assaulted daily with progressive ideological radicalism, but sometimes they just go a bit too far. Do listen to the conversation, you will find it interesting and informative.

The Cubans are Protesting ! by American Elephant
July 18, 2021, 6:31 pm
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From Townhall:

“Cuba’s communist government is continuing to suppress protesters from sharing real-time updates concerning the authoritarian regime, but bipartisan legislation is enabling activists to access the internet. The Open Technology Fund Authorization Act, championed by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), supports tools to circumvent internet censorship, including Psiphon.”

“Socialism and communism leads to pain and suffering, and Cuba is the perfect example,” Blackburn said of the legislation. “The repressive Cuban government is attempting to squash protests by cutting off internet access for Cubans rebelling against communism. Yet, over 146,000 Cubans continue to have daily access to the internet thanks to open-source tools supported by the bipartisan Open Technology Fund my colleagues and I championed. The United States must do everything in its power to support those standing up to authoritarian regimes.”

Over 1.3 million Cuban protesters, who are victims of the communist regime, have been able to access the internet thanks to the service funded by the legislation.

Thanks to the two Senators, the ongoing story from Cuba is not successfully being denied. Cubans in America are protesting at the White House, to let people know what is going on. Fidel Castro’s prison island is becoming free once again. A violent protest could quickly be shut down, but a protest with only the weapons of dissent and a demand for freedom is harder to deal with, and the images of the protest going out to the world is the last thing the government wants to happen.

Understanding Big Tech! by The Elephant's Child
July 18, 2021, 9:39 am
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The object of Big Tech is to eliminate or get around the annoying humanity bit. They have convinced American business that they can dispense with the expense of a number of employees by having their telephones and websites manned, not with expensive human beings, but with “virtual assistants”, which leave us ordinary humans out there in virtual land screaming “I want to talk to a human being”, and often finding it difficult if not impossible to actually speak to one.

Big Tech is working hard in the other direction. They envision a society where all the annoying interaction is done with robots in one form or another, and they are left free to do more important things than talking to real people. How often have you seen a visual demonstration of the wonderful new things they have gotten a robot to do, like go to Mars. They are dreaming of virtual armies, where no one gets hurt, and you can just go for mass destruction. All very nice, but I suspect that there is a reason for human beings. Humanity is a little more complicated than Big Tech assumes, and I think they’re a bit off in their assumptions. See the previous post about “Sorry, this is crossing a line”.

Humanity is quirky, often wrong, and difficult. That’s why we have these enormous and always growing sectors called “government.” They are all only human too, and often misguided and just plain wrong in their assumptions. See the people of Cuba, marching in the streets occasionally waving American flags as a symbol of freedom. Many American students found that bewildering, for our schools apparently leave them ignorant of American history. If you have children, you might consider adding some history to dinner table conversations.

ADDENDUM: I recommend Alex Marlow’s new book “Breaking the News” highly. He is editor in chief of Breitbart, and explains just what is wrong with the news media today.

Ninety-three thousand Americans! by The Elephant's Child

Looks like a shocking 93.000 people in America died from drug overdoses last year. This would seem to be a direct result of Joe Biden’s open borders policy. Not only are we having an enormous influx of illegal aliens, they are accompanied by the Mexican Drug Cartels, who are delighted to use the cover of lots of illegals crossing the border. The leading causes of overdose deaths, according to CDC data seem to be fentanyl and methamphetamine involved in 57,000 and 24,000 deaths respectively. These two are synthesized in a lab from easily obtained precursor chemicals to “cheaply produce incredibly potent drugs ” which are smuggled across the southwestern border and adulterate most of the ostensibly non-synthetic illicit drug supply.

As to illegal aliens, they have already surpassed Congressional assumptions that we could probably handle about a million new immigrants in a year. These aren’t new legal immigrants as Congress had in mind, but mostly Central Americans looking for higher-paying jobs than they can find at home, as well as free schooling for their children and medical care. But the hope is apparently that they will remember that Biden invited them in and will vote for him when they promptly manage to get to vote.

I am completely welcoming to legal immigrants, it’s the illegal ones I worry about, and the terrorists who are using that entry to get in. I’m still inclined to believe the two autopsies on George Floyd that said he had a major overdose of fentanyl. which was his cause of death, but as soon as his death became the centerpiece for “Black Lives Matter” there was no chance of any accuracy coming out, and Chauvin was sent to prison. I wasn’t there and only read the news.

Don’t want to hear of any overdose deaths, or drug addicts, and I don’t want government policies making them more likely. 93.000 people is a lot of Americans.

Considering the human head. by The Elephant's Child
July 17, 2021, 4:44 pm
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Did you ever give the human head any serious thought? Probably not, yet what an interesting object it is. This roundish thing that tops the human body, millions and millions of them, but no two exactly alike, even those of twins.

Two eyes, a nose and a mouth, varying quantities and color of hair and facial hair. And we have entered a new era of facial hair. Bearded men are now, once again, common. I have no idea why men like beards, beyond not having to shave every day. My father was always clean shaven, but he wouldn’t have gotten any breakfast if he wasn’t. We have had eras when all men had beards, we have photographic evidence, and even earlier, artist’s representations. Obviously in the days before electric razors, bathroom plumbing and mirrors, it was a little more complicated, especially when you had to heat the water on the stove to have warm water. There are more beards now, but still not the majority.

I don’t know if this is a worldwide phenomenon, or if it’s just this country, nor do I have any understanding of national beard customs. I think it is a religious matter in some countries, but I don’t know to what extent. If we start seeing pictures of Congress, and all the men have beards, we will have arrived at a new and different era.

Aside from beards, it is amazing the extent to which each human face is different and recognizable. There’s not a lot of territory on a human face, yet they do not look alike. We don’t get confused and we recognize friends and family instantly. Mostly, you can still tell twins apart immediately, if you know them.

Sorry, This is Crossing a Line! by The Elephant's Child
July 15, 2021, 9:31 pm
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Now here is one that should alarm you. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the White House is working with Facebook to flag disinformation, it is also asking Facebook to share data on the reach and engagement of posts deemed disinformation.

“We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”

And just what is “disinformation” and who decides what is “disinformation” and decides to have something “flagged”? NO, the people get to decide what is “disinformation”and reject it. Facebook is a partisan entity, and in spite of their famous “fact checkers” doesn’t know fact from a hole in the wall. They have long since proved that many times over.

If the White House wishes to dispute some ideas that are out there, press conferences are available, as are press interviews, and statements can be released, but the White House doesn’t get to decide what may or may not be published. Theoretically we still have a free press, which we are free to disagree with anytime. The press will be happy to print any accusations of “disinformation” which is one of their major functions. The President is free to offer his opinions and ideas and programs. The public is free to admire or reject those opinions and ideas. A Free press is a very big deal in the United States of America, and the public is free to admire or reject anything offered by CNN or other news outlets. The President is free to disagree or approve, but it all is and should be quite public. Forget the whole “Flagging” bit. Bad Idea.

ADDENDUM: Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) decried the federal governments efforts to instruct tech companies who to censor, which he deemed coordination between big government and monopolized big tech.

June 6,1944, D-Day, Newly Colorized. by The Elephant's Child
July 12, 2021, 4:56 pm
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Changing an old black and white documentary to what we think of as normal color makes it vastly more accessible to the modern eye. We like what we are used to, I guess. In 1944 we were thirsty for news, and now it is only history, remote. You will enjoy this one, or copy it and save to watch on the anniversary next year. It was a momentous day in history and changed the world.

On You Tube, the documentary can be found under “June 6, 1944 ‘The Light of Dawn,’ Colorized Documentary”

If you are concerned about a current generation of children who are not learning anything about history, and only learning to disrespect the national flag, and demonstrate about things they know nothing about, you can easily find the name and address of the CEO of You Tube online and let her know what you think.

Any Readers Looking For A Good Book? by The Elephant's Child
July 10, 2021, 8:17 pm
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Do I have readers out there who are never happy unless they have an absorbing novel waiting on a bedside table or in the kitchen? That’s me. Always have a a book nearby and available, Some I’m reading for the second or third time, or even more. The late James Clavell published his first book in the Asian saga in the 1970’s, My eldest son was just over to borrow another one.

Clavell was a master storyteller. His characters and events come alive. I recommend them all enthusiastically. The first is Shogun, a story of a British ship pilot coming ashore in a storm to 17th Century Japan, a part of the world unknown to Westerners. Language and customs unknown to him, a strange new land, with Portuguese Catholic priests who consider him to be an enemy and a threat, as they try to convert the Japanese to Catholicism.

There is a website that puts long lists of the books by a single author in correct order. Who knew? Anyway, just search for James Clavell, and you will find all of his books listed, and get the list put into the proper order as well. Good reading! The Japanese saga is followed by more books on Hong Kong and China. Then the Iranian revolution. All absorbing and excellent.

Mt. Rainier is an active volcano! by The Elephant's Child
July 8, 2021, 4:55 pm
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I have recently posted pictures of Lake Washington with Mt. Rainier in the background, and people seemed interested. Not many cities have a beautiful looming mountain in the background, and it is pretty impressive, although we’re so used to it we pay no attention anymore.

Mt. Rainier is a National Park, and an active volcano. It last erupted in 1450, but it belches out steam or a little debris now and then. No big blasts or spectacular eruption at all. If you are interested, search online for Mt. Rainier, and you will find a wealth of information, and pictures. The facilities seem to be currently closed, whether still because of Covid or just in general, I don’t know. Don’t forget that Mt. St Helens, which did erupt, is in the same Cascade Range.

We are fully vaccinated, both shots, but all sorts of facilities still demand that you wear a mask. My grocery store pharmacy is now offering shots, so there are apparently still all sorts of unvaccinated people out there. President Biden is talking about going door to door to locate the unvaccinated. Clearly some people fear vaccinations of any kind, and refuse to get them. Took a long time for us to find a source for the shots, but then our two big hospitals on the east side of Lake Washington got together and put on a massive event with a cast of thousands (probably not really, but it seemed like that) very big, very organized, at Microsoft. Now they are readily available most everywhere here. But all sorts of facilities are just opening, still closed, or demanding wide separation. Weird times. The city has just approved outdoor dining for most restaurants.

My grocery store is now offering “Beyond Meat” which seems to be what you might call “fake meat”. The idea seems to be based on climate fears, carbon dioxide and cow flatulence, which is utter nonsense. CO2. carbon dioxide, is plant food. A slight increase in the atmosphere is a good thing, and increases the growth and production of farm crops, even your backyard gardens, and trees— just all vegetation across the world. It is a good thing. Feeds hungry people. But then we developed “golden rice” with vitamins A and C added to prevent scurvy which was prevalent in the Far East, but they wouldn’t touch it, thought we were trying to poison their children.

There are vegetarians opposed to eating animals, but the “Beyond Meat” seems to be the development of a fake meat made from plants. Which made me laugh. We have a very efficient method of creating delicious meat from grass and clover. It’s called a cow. They turn vast pastures of grass and clover into delicious prime rib, steaks and roasts. Humans have always hunted animals, birds and fish for food. And we have learned from Wuhan that the Chinese apparently eat bats and pangolin., where I would definitely draw the line. But they also eat dogs!

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