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Did You Know That the U.S. Is the World’s Largest Oil Producer? by The Elephant's Child

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Do most people recognize that the United States has recently become the world’s largest oil producer? We have passed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as U.S. crude production has surged 20% in a year – and nearly tripled in the past decade. For nearly sixty years, OPEC has dominated the world’s oil markets by setting production quotas among its 15 members. In 2014, OPEC flooded the market with oil to try to break U.S. drillers who were pouring cash into innovation while they were already in debt. Seems like we knew what we were doing.

As oil prices fell below $40 a barrel in 2015 and 2016, many wildcatters folded or were absorbed by larger producers. The survivors became more efficient. They put technology to work, using drones with thermal imaging to detect any leaks along the line. Productivity went up. Over just the last five years, production per rig has more than tripled in the Permian basin and actually quadrupled in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. The Bakken rig count has fallen by 70% and yet output has increased by a third.

In late 2015, the Republican Congress expanded the market for shale oil by lifting the export ban on crude oil in exchange for Obama’s demand to extend renewable energy tax credits.The biggest constraints on U.S. production have been distribution problems, but three new pipelines are expected to come online next year, capable of delivering 2 million barrels to the gulf coast and in 2020 two more pipelines will be completed.

The big news is that the U.S. Geological survey reported recently that the Permian’s Delaware basin holds more than twice as much oil and 18 times as much natural gas as the Midland region.

Barack Obama is claiming credit for the shale boom. (Why are we not surprised?) The Tax reform last year opened Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Interior Department scaled back unneeded protections for the sage grouse, which allows drilling on nine million acres in oil-rich states. Last month at Rice University, Obama said “You know that whole suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer . . . that was me, people.” It must be hard to see the hated Trump administration get credit for expediting pipeline and terminal permitting and opening new federal land to drilling, but there you go. Can’t have it both ways.

OPEC countries and our own politicians should  take notice that America’s new energy prosperity comes from industry innovation, the importance of private property, and the wonders of the free market. We call it Free-Market Capitalism.

Confused by all the talk about “Fracking”? Here’s an excellent history and explanation from the oil industry.

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Some Facts About Immigration, Legal and Illegal, and The Numbers by The Elephant's Child

Jessica Vaughn from the Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) discusses the “caravan” on the Neil Cavuto Show, and tries to get across some of the immense problems involved.

CIS identifies themselves as being pro-legal immigrants, and anti-illegals. It’s a good site for learning about what’s going on with immigration and what the problems we face are. Careful research by authorities.

President Obama spiked legal and illegal immigration to a record level of 1.75 million in 2017—by accepting one migrant for every two young Americans who entered the workforce in 2017. That huge inflow matched the record set by Bill Clinton in 1999. Obama’s wave of legal immigrants, illegal migrants and visa workers rose from 1.1 million in 2009 to 1.75 million in 2017.

That same year roughly four million Americans turned 18 and entered the workforce. That four million included the children of immigrants as well as the children of illegal migrants. Many of Obama’s migrants went home when their work visas ended or when they were deported, but the total inflow added more than 5.2 million migrants to the US population from 2010 to 2017, according to federal data prepared by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The inflow included 1.1 million Asians, 1.1 million Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, 680,000 people from the Caribbean, and 480,000 people from South America. From 2010 to 2017 Obama also imported 680,000 people from Muslim-majority nations, even though Islamic theology urges believers to attack Americans. That inflow enlarged the Islamic population of the United States by 31 percent, CIS says.

The inflow includes many temporary workers. This keeps roughly 1.5 million white-collar, multi-year, visa-workers in U.S. jobs formerly held by graduates of American universities.  President Donald Trump has blocked business pressure for expansion of the H-2B visa-worker program and directed the H4 EAD visa-worker program be ended.

Obama’s inflow also helped elect Donald Trump.

The 2014 border crisis was triggered by Obama’s encouragement of Central American illegal migration. The crisis wrecked bipartisan plans to push an amnesty through Congress.

Obama’s pro-migration policies helped stagnate Americans’ wages in a depressed economy while providing windfall gains to the real-estate owners, retails, and investors who gained from the extra workers and consumers.

President Trump’s pro-American stance has resulted in employers hiring more Americans at higher wages, with the highest wage-gains going to those Americans hit hardest by Obama’s surge. Newly released data show 2016 tied with 1999 as the highest single year of immigration in U.S. history with the arrival of 1.75 million new immigrants, both legal and illegal.We are seeing what is happening to Europe with the massive flow of illegal migrants and the crime brought by them.
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Christine Blasey Ford is Done. She wants no prosecution, no investigation, no impeachment by The Elephant's Child

Christine Blasey Ford is done. She wants no prosecution, no investigation no impeachment. She just wants to go home and get on with her life. I suspect that she didn’t intend to testify in the first place, that she thought she could get Kavanaugh blamed with just the letter, and it grew out of control. Feinstein chose to sit on the letter and put Ford in the difficult position of having to present her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee under the full media spotlight. The ‘Resistance’ expected a lot of her and she could not deliver. The persons she claimed as witnesses could not substantiate her claims, her story didn’t hold up. She had apparently remembered that it was Judge Kavanaugh who groped her (Not raped for all you women screeching about being ‘survivors”)) in high school, only when he was nominated to the Supreme Court. When did it take place? She couldn’t recall the  year, or the date, or the place, or the house. Didn’t know how she got there or how she got home. She named four people who were there, but none of them substantiated her claim.

She tried hard to get out of testifying. She was afraid of flying. Nobody told her of Senator Grassley’s offer to come to California to take her testimony. She had flown all over the world and many times to Hawaii, so that was a lie. Ford’s lawyers have publicly stated that she does not wish to see Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh impeached, nor does she want further investigation into her claims.

I suspect that she is terrified that there will be further investigation into her claims, and that she was badly frightened when the lie about the two doors  was exposed, and the lie about the illegal rental was exposed, and the lie about fear of flying was exposed. And the expert in sexual abuse witnesses didn’t believe her, and the body language expert didn’t believe her and explained why. And the screaming mob at the Supreme Court door, and the women all over the country basing their cries of “#Me Too” and “I was a survivor” on the phony testimony of Christine Blasey Ford. Did she not testify under oath? And is not lying to the committee a felony?

Democrats are going to great lengths to get enough votes in the midterms to take over the House or the Senate or something so they can impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for lying under oath. Because he was clearly guilty, because they desperately want him to be guilty — of something, anything. Because they must be in power. They want to get rid of the Constitution and it’s hateful amendments. And get rid of Trump’s tax cuts that only went to the rich anyway.  And get rid of Capitalism and end the threat to ObamaCare and to abortion,”women’s health care.”



A Former Democrat Presidential Nominee by The Elephant's Child



Susan Collins Explains Her Vote For Judge Kavanaugh by The Elephant's Child

An end to the Democrats’ war against a fine man and highly qualified Judge, (although now they’re threatening to Impeach him). Can’t have conservatives on the Supreme Court who might rule against Democrats attempts to turn the United States of America into something more controlled, more Socialist, for that’s what the impulse to control means.

I really do not understand why Democrats are so opposed to Capitalism, which has brought so much freedom and invention and raised so many into the middle class. Unemployment has reached a new low, not seen since 1969, more people are getting raises, more people are working, and happier than they have been for years.

Republicans are inclined to be collegial and cooperative, but there are limits, and Republicans can get really angry too.

Will Christine Blasey Ford face charges for lying under oath?



About the Politics of Personal Destruction by The Elephant's Child

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I just blamed what we have called the Trump Derangement Syndrome on Kathy Griffin’s severed head stunt, which demonstrated that there were no barriers of truth, taste, or decency for Democrats — they were now free to attack in any way they chose, a “can you top this” contest in which you got brownie points for being disgusting. Anything goes in the battle to attack Trump.

You wouldn’t go far astray in suggesting that Minority Leader Charles Schumer is the “Kathy Griffin” of the Senate.

“The Democrats have suddenly lost interest in the sexual assault claim that they claimed was central to Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court? We’re now in the “temperament”phase. Judge Kavanaugh’s visible and justifiable anger at having his reputation destroyed, his years of public service attacked and his family publicly attacked — supposedly showed that he did not have the temperament to serve on the Supreme Court.  One is supposed to remain passive while his life is being destroyed publicly before the whole nation? simply for political gain. They are now hot on the trail of what might be a case of Judge Kavanaugh’s throwing ice at someone.

Victor Davis Hanson writes:

Conventional wisdom suggests that, if confirmed, Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh forever will be “smeared” and stained by past frenzied unfounded allegations of sexual assault.

Yet the opposite just as well may be true. As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would have withstood every imaginable smear and slander and yet stayed defiant in defending his character and past, proof of both his determination and principles. His near-solitary rebuttal to his Senate accusers may suggest that Kavanaugh could prove to be among the most fearless justices on the Court.

Indeed, the only lasting effect, if any, of the serial smears lodged against him might be that in the future, as in the case of Justice Thomas, Kavanaugh would be essentially immune from progressive media attacks. What he went through likely has inoculated him from the Georgetown-party-circuit syndrome of conservative Supreme Court judges’ eventually becoming more liberal by the insidious socialization within the larger D.C. progressive media, political, and cultural landscape.

Incidentally, contrary to popular opinion, Clarence Thomas hardly remains under a permanent cloud after his ordeal. What stopped further Robert Borking for a while was the resistance and pushback of Clarence Thomas. Far from being ruined by unproven charges, he resisted the mob, got confirmed, and thereby established a precedent that innuendo, ipso facto, would not derail a nominee. For three decades, Thomas has not been regarded as suspect by most Americans but is seen as inspirational for his courage in facing down character assassination.

Christine Blasey Ford’s story continues to fall apart. Nothing in her entire testimony seems to be supported by actual evidence. Those she claimed were with her have denied it. The “second door” thing turned out to be false. She is not a practicing psychoanalyst, she has never completed the requirements of the State of California for certification. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has renewed his requests “for material evidence relevant to allegations of sexual assault … as the Senate exercises its constitutional responsibility of advice and consent for a judicial nomination. I urge you to comply promptly with my requests.”



The Elevator Encounter Drama by The Elephant's Child

Democrats are congratulating themselves for their success in putting a bunch of activists in the elevator with Jeff Flake screaming about rape and coverups and women being attacked and the whole litany of Kavanaugh abuse. It got Jeff Flake in a panic and hence the delay and the new FBI investigation.

Their trick worked, so they are urging activists to get out there and get in their faces, etcetera. Right out of Maxine Water’s playbook. The uncertain or confused or wafflers can expect to be singled out, as can anyone else who shows interest in  or tolerance for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “You look at me when I’m talking to you” one yelled.

(Remember those two men who called to say it was probably them, not Kavanaugh and offered  confirming information). We will probably never hear about them again.

The chant seems to be “We Believe Survivors” but Christine Blasey Ford is not a survivor, nor was she raped. Her complaint was that aside from not being able to remember quite where she was and with whom, the man put his hand over her mouth and groped her, and she was afraid he was going to kill her. There is no evidence that that person was Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and until there is such evidence, he must by law (and one would think—common decency) refrain from assuming guilt. That is the law in this country.




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