American Elephants


It’s a Most Unusual Time! by The Elephant's Child

Every time you assume that things couldn’t get any weirder, they do. Yesterday, Hillary announced that she would have done a much better job with the Corona virus than Trump. Uh huh. Her record does not so indicate. Today, she questioned that if Trump lost the election — would he leave office peacefully? Needing attention are we?

The Sioux bellyached about Trump coming to Mt. Rushmore because the monument was on their sacred lands, but the monument was built when the “sacred lands” belonged to the Cheyenne, not the Sioux. And sacredness seems to be related to fireworks and American heroes, though native Americans are citizens too and entitled to all the protections of the Declaration. Many Native Americans have served in the military and are proud of their service. I’m not convinced that all native Americans are possessive of Mt. Rushmore and resent it being used for a 4th of July Celebration, but I simply don’t know.

There were complaints from the usual suspects that Trump was having a White Supremacy Celebration, and so on, and on, every bit of news is to be accompanied by an attack on Trump. Democrats are worried about Joe Biden. They are worried about his mental confusion too. They are trying to cooperate with his desire to have a woman vice president, preferably black. Silicon Valley seems enthralled with Elizabeth Warren, but the party prefers Kamala Harris. Or Susan Rice. This could get interesting.

They simply cannot stop expressing their hatred for this president, and it is embarrassing for them when he had the economy booming, until the pandemic hit. Now with the excellent job creation in June, it certainly looks like it will soon be booming again. President Trump, as a successful businessman, has a pretty good understanding of just how much over regulation affects the economy, and the Democrats’ demand for absolute control leads them to over-regulate every time. They can’t help themselves.

There has been an uptick in Covid infections, whether from the protests or from people getting together in groups (do I repeat myself?) is an unknown. The American people are sick of shutdowns and masks and distancing and the whole thing. They will wear masks when it’s clear that it is necessary and a good idea, but they are also very, very fed up.

A peer-reviewed study from the Henry Ford Health System concluded that hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug touted by Trump as a potential good treatment for coronavirus, successfully lowered mortality rates for hospitalized coronavirus patients. Results were published Thursday in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. There were no adverse effects on the heart. Positive news, hope it pans out. The press does not want any positive Trump stories.

The “potential” part should not be ignored, but neither should it be ignored just because Trump thought it sounded like a possible potential. There’s another potential vaccine that looks promising too. These small encouraging developments should not be ignored just because Trump favored them.

President Trump gave a splendid patriotic speech at Mt. Rushmore, and assorted Democrats called it dark, and the New York Times could not find enough dismal words to apply. A Seth Abramson, a columnist for Newsweek, was completely flummoxed by the passages in the presidential speech where Mr. Trump was mentioning the statues and monuments we have all witnessed being torn down, burnt or destroyed across the country. Abramson could not understand why he was claiming that people were tearing down statues. As a noted journalist, he has apparently missed the whole thing. It is a confusing time, is it not?

It would be nice if we were all on the same page, but there is an election coming up in November, and that seems to be more important than ordinary things like riots and protests, statue-toppling and virtue-signaling. Way too much virtue-signaling.

ADDENDUM: Here’s a good example of weird. Emory & Henry College in Virginia is considering discarding the wasp as it’s mascot. The bug, probably for it’s sting. They are concerned about the connection to WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) and possibly not being sensitive enough to matters of race.



A World Shifting and Changing As We Try to Grasp What is Happening. by The Elephant's Child

Has the magazine industry died entirely while I wasn’t looking? Magazines are still plentiful in waiting rooms of doctors, hairdressers and barbers, and in bookstores. But do ordinary people still subscribe? I get a few specialized publications. But I grew up with Time, Life, Fortune, the Saturday Evening Post, Readers’ Digest, and Smithsonian. Times changed, and we all got computers. There used to be stories and cartoons, and interesting ads.

Now many people pay significant sums to avoid having to see any ads at all. I don’t remember ads being so objectionable as they are now. I am a reader, and I don’t want my reading interrupted, especially with something that moves and has sound. Google regularly tells me, as I delete yet another ad, that they base the advertising I see on my interests as determined by the websites I visit. They are clearly very bad at determining my interests. I have never responded to a Google ad, except to delete it. I’m still in the deleting phase rather than paying a hundred dollars to be free of ads. How about you?

The world is shifting and changing. We are occupied with the current protests and statue eradication, and not really noticing that shopping malls are disappearing, going broke, being transformed into apartments.

Post-pandemic, will our world return to pre-pandemic or has it all shifted? There is certainly more talk about more people working from home. Meetings can be held online. Offices are expensive. Here in Seattle businesses are moving out. What has driven them out is official failure to deal with protests and CHOP and consequent lack of public services and police protection. Protesters are occupying the freeways too.

If you are looking you will see frequent reports of whole populations moving, People leaving the large coastal cities and heading for safer territory. Even Chicago had 100 people shot on Father’s Day. The weekend before set a record, I believe, for fatalities.

Daniel Boorstin, the late Librarian of Congress, once wrote: “In our world of callused ears and overtaxed eyes, there are many symptoms of the desperate need of people to make somebody listen, to be sure somehow that somebody is hearing. More and more people are willing to pay fees they cannot afford, to medically trained psychiatric listeners who listen, nod, and take notes. A few desperate people especially young people with great energy who find that they cannot get people to listen when they say something, decide instead to throw something.” Is that what is going on?



“Erasing American History” Why Would Anyone Want To? by The Elephant's Child

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The brave people who are out fiercely attacking helpless statues are at it again. Not every city has handy statues of former Confederate generals, so they have to go after the lesser figures, who may or may not have owned slaves, which seems to be the latest charge. George Washington? Francis Scott Key? The Star Spangled Banner?  Protesters are so monumentally ignorant of American history that they hardly know who to attack to show just how outraged they are. Outraged about what? George Floyd?

Not really. Here Victor Davis Hanson speaks about removing Confederate statues and the erasing of American History.  We need to provide these unfortunates with some reading lists. How can they possibly have spent years in the classrooms of America and learned so little about our history. It’s not really the kids’ fault, but their parents and their teachers.

One of the particularly interesting websites is American Mind, which offers scholarly essays on contemporary issues. Their essays are accompanied by a notation at the top of how long it will take to read: 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 7 minutes.  Can you, in your busy, busy life spend 5 minutes reading our laboriously researched and written essay? Is that not sad?

The Capitol Hill autonomous zone: CHOP, continues on. Seattle’s feckless mayor, Jenny Durkan, chooses to assume it’s just “the summer of love”. They’ve now had a shooting, somebody dead, somebody else in critical condition. They have dug up a public park to make a kitchen garden in which they have planted seedlings, perhaps unaware of just how long the distance is between planted seedling and anything actually useful for the kitchen table. Most of it seems to be mostly a matter of vast ignorance, whatever the topic.  Left alone, they will soon run out of money, cleanliness, food, or energy. It’s hard to know how dependent they are on publicity, but they don’t seem to be adding adherents. But I’m not a close observer, I live across the lake.

I found this “Real History of Antifa” online, which you might find of interest.

 



Cheap Virtue, Jumping on Bandwagons of Public Feeling* by The Elephant's Child

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Every time you think you have seen it all, something else pops up. In this case, it is protesters in Portland, Oregon who last night dismantled a statue of George Washington, after they wrapped Washington’s head in an American flag and set it all on fire. George Washington?

The statue was created by an Italian-American sculptor, Pompeo Coppini, and was installed in Portland’s Rose City Park neighborhood in the late 1920s. Many years ago I lived about ten blocks from there, though I had never been to that park. It seems like an odd place for a George Washington statue. It was also defaced with spray paint.

Sprayed on the statue was the number “1619“. That suggests massive historical ignorance, which unfortunately is more common than anyone would like to admit. The 1619 date would seem to be a reference to the New York Times’ embarrassing 1619 Project attempting to rewrite the nation’s history to make it ever so much more racist, and useful.

Democrats have been chafing for years by being reminded of the Civil War, and being on the wrong side. They were terrified that would lose their Black votes. Then they elected the First Black President, which absolved them of any previous errors. And now a policeman put a black man in a neck hold, and the man died, though from the neck hold, a heart attack or a drug overdose is not clear, the world exploded in anger, started looting, and attacking statues. Just how attacking a statue of our First President and Founding Father accomplishes anything is somewhat unclear, but it seems to be the most popular solution, after looting.

This seems to be how the common saying “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!” may have arisen.

*An appropriate phrase for the headline, borrowed from Hillsdale College.



History is a Record of What Happened. You Cannot Fix it! by The Elephant's Child

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Democrats are apparently terrified that Donald Trump might win re-election this fall and subject them to another four years of terror. Their immediate focus concerns the vote of Black Americans. They have already shown that they will kneel in abject humility on the floor of the United States Congress, draped in what they consider to be African apparel to show their plaintive agreement that “Black Lives Matter,”and encourage Blacks to vote for them.

Not enough. Nancy Pelosi is now attempting to demonstrate that Republicans are the “white supremacy” party and Democrats deeply oppose the side of the South in the Civil War of 1861, by removing four portraits of former Speakers of the House who once served in the Confederacy.

Well, it’s a little difficult to blame it all on Republicans when one recalls that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.  He issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which became effective on January 1, 1863. The reproduction shown above was from 1864 and is in the Library of Congress.

History is a record of what happened.  Sometimes new evidence is discovered that alters our understanding, but in general we’re stuck with the evidence of what really happened. Human nature is not all sweetness and light. We are human beings, some good, some bad and some really dreadful. No saints.  Do remember that most families have trouble getting along,

Most of us don’t know enough history. Our public schools are clearly doing a lousy job, and if we have kids, we need to help them to get interested.  The general knowledge of history, American history and world history is lacking. Knowing how we screwed up in the past sometimes helps us to avoid doing it again, but we cannot remake the past. What happened, happened.

Slavery was at one time common. Muslims ruled the slave trade in Africa, and marched captured Africans north, and to the Atlantic coast to ship to the Americas. Most of the slave trade went to the sugar islands and South America rather than to the Southern States. American Indians kept slaves. When they warred with another tribe, those captured were kept around to do the scut work, rather than killed when the fight was over. That may be the origin of much of slavery. Britain stamped out the slave trade. They set the Royal Navy to eliminating the Atlantic slave traffic, which they did.

Look at all the changes in society that have made slavery unnecessary, aside from being disgusting, of course.  Most of the slave trade in the South was because of the cotton crop which the British needed for their fabric mills, and the South needed for income.  Farm work today has become heavily mechanized, though there are some things that still must be picked by hand. Farm equipment is truly astonishing these days, and the elaborate machines are something to behold. And we are just at the beginning of the age of robots and computer printing and there are plenty of enthusiastic applicants for the Space Force. The more we know about our own history, the better it will help us to avoid bad mistakes in the future.



Other Voices About Race And Policing by The Elephant's Child

Aside from the goofiness on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, the discussions about Race and Police are serious and deserve serious thought and discussion.

Heather Mac Donald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research who has written extensively on criminal justice. She has several important books out and here are her comments submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives in response to the Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices. It is truly important to get the views of someone who is an expert in the field and knowledgeable about the criminal justice and policing. Do read the whole thing if you can make the time. You’ll be glad you did.

Here is Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on “How Anti Racism Hurts Black People.”

And PowerLine included this tweet from Doctor Tyrone Wilson:

Dr. Tyrone Wilson @DrTyroneWilson1

In 8 years of residency and attending as a trauma surgeon, I’ve had 67 young black men end up on my operating table from gunshot wounds.

I CAN’T MAKE THIS CLEAR ENOUGH

NONE OF THEM ENDED UP THERE AT THE HANDS OF POLICE OR A WHITE PERSON.

NONE OF THEM….ZERO#BLMisLiberalBS

Serious subjects, and many of us are inclined to respond to emotion rather than taking the time to study up. The death of George Floyd was surely a terrible act. Suggestions that it was intentional are clearly premature, as the autopsy’s suggest , but such an emotional thing to see his death online, that the whole world was troubled.

Black lives of course matter, and more people than many blacks can conceive want them to succeed and prosper.



Shelby Steele, Longtime Civil Rights Leader, Says “Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed” by The Elephant's Child

Shelby Steele had a long interview with Mark Levin last night. He has long been a champion of black civil rights, was a veteran of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and a bestselling author. He doesn’t think much of the riots and looting that have been dominating the news. Blacks, he says, have never been less oppressed in American society. Blacks, he said flatly, have never faced less oppression, and they simply have to take responsibility for their position at the bottom of any socioeconomic measures.

Steele is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and an author of many books on race relations. Some are White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, and Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country.

This article about the Mark Levin show, includes a video from the show, and much more of the conversation with Steele. I don’t think that the things that are holding blacks back are things that have to be given to them. Demand Charter Schools, they seem to really work well. Demand that public libraries offer homework help. Wait till after you are married to have babies. It mostly helps to have a father in the home. Public libraries have free storytimes, when a librarian reads to the kids, and they get to discover what wonders can be found in a book. Large numbers of companies are anxious to hire black workers, and not just for the scut work. It enhances their reputations to be welcoming to people of many races.



Going Just a Little Too Far! by The Elephant's Child

The Democrats in the House of Representatives of the United States of America, confronted with “Black Lives Matter” mobs on television, promptly took what action seemed most appropriate to them to retain black voters for the upcoming election. They donned Kente Cloth scarves, especially purchased for the demonstration, and knelt in humble supplication before the mobs they saw on television, and expressed their best intentions. Nancy Pelosi, who has passed her 80th birthday, needed help to get back up, but she was truly sincere in not wanting to lose any black votes.

I had a sort of old idea stuck in my head that one of the reasons we fought a Revolutionary War, was that we were not going to kneel before tyrants like Britain’s King George the Third any more. We were free people and knelt only before our God.

Employees at a number of major corporations have demanded proper obeisance before the Black Lives Matter protests, and even  Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos scolded a customer who suggested that “All Lives Mattered.” HBO has blacklisted “Gone With the Wind”, so if you want to see that old film, you’d better buy a copy. Hattie McDaniels was the first black person to win an Oscar, for that film, and the first racial minority to be nominated.

Oddly enough, riots have broken out in Britain and in Europe as well. Britain, of course, has the whole British Empire to answer for, but some other countries joined in too. I guess the influx of migrants from Africa? Not sure. Maybe rioting just looked like fun and everybody decided to jump in. The British nave been tearing down statues like crazy, particularly of anyone who ever might have been connected with slavery like their South African colony. Tearing down a statue does not change history, just deprives today;s people of an historical representation. Doesn’t really accomplish anything at all.

Human nature is just not all peaches and cream and sunshine. We’re a quarrelsome lot, and we have trouble getting along with our own families, let alone all those other unrelated people. That’s why we learn manners, and think education is useful, and learning history is especially needed. Yes, the Confederate flag should not be flown over statehouses, but the Civil War is long over. The South lost.  I lost two great uncles on each side of the war which meant that I have a lot fewer cousins than I might have had, but I might not have liked them anyway.

There is no magic wand that will make everybody agreeable and kind and helpful. Disbanding the police is perhaps the dumbest idea that anyone has come up with. Chicago just had 18 murders in 24 hours in the most violent day in 60 years. And disbanding the police seems like a good idea?



Cops and Riots and Protests Oh My! by The Elephant's Child

I have never been to a riot, nor for that matter to a protest. Apparently a significant portion of the population is eager to go to the streets and join a crowd to publicly demonstrate their anger. I do not understand the impulse. I’m not trying to portray myself as intellectually superior, in my lack of public protesting.  If I’m angered, and feel the need to express my anger, it may result in a phone call, an email or even a letter. Actually, letters can work rather nicely, and if to the point, elicit change.

I live in a Seattle suburb, which had major demonstrations and protests yesterday, as did Seattle. Both Seattle and Bellevue city centers are shut down, under curfews, 5:30 pm to 5:30 am. following police and national guard efforts to stop the looting and damage and restoring calm. The curfews continue. State lockdown is supposed to be slowly opening. Governor made a speech. Embarrassing.

A black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota was confronted by police when they were called in on the possible commission of a crime, last Wednesday. The clearest account I could find is here, worth reading so we are all talking about the same thing. What happened to put Mr. Floyd on the sidewalk with an officer holding him down with a foot on his neck is not clear, though it suggests that he threatened the police in some way.

George Floyd clearly died as a result of that action, apparently saying that he could not breathe. The officer who held him down has been fired, charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The confrontation was filmed, and the visual account widely disseminated on television, Twitter and the news in general. He was seen as begging and pleading that he could not breathe, as the officer stepped on his neck. Clearly a dreadful outcome. The family had another autopsy which said that Floyd died as a result of strangulation. The immediate assumption was “police brutality”, which led to the protests. I’m sure there are some bad apples, but the police who protect the rest of us deserve some thanks for their hard, dangerous job. They are not the enemy.

Protests and riots broke out across the country, and even abroad. Antifa was said to be deeply involved in urging out the rioters. Protests quickly got violent, and with the excitement lots of looting and property damage. Cars set on fire, that sort of thing. Bellevue is a major Seattle suburb, home to Microsoft, and Boeing among others. usually a quiet suburb. Riots and protests virtually unknown. Home to a large upscale shopping mall, which has been shut down in the closure for Covid-19. Looters broke in to the mall, have seen no reports of the damage yet, but looters were filmed coming out of the mall with garbage cans full of loot.

The media has been eager to jump in, and indicate that it is all about race, race, race. The Democrats, anxious to remove any taints remaining from the Confederacy and the Civil War, believe, I think, that they were redeemed by electing the first black president, and are now free to claim that Republicans are the racist ones. That label is thrown around way too much.

Early and frequent announcements that Antifa was on hand urging violence. President Trump announced that he would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, it’s not clear that he can.  I can understand the impulse though. Riots hurting people and damaging property and an organization of sorts (supposedly an outgrowth of Occupy) urging it all on and increasing the damage is nonsensical. Supposedly they were urging people now that they have stripped the malls, to turn to the residential areas. It is interesting that when attention is attracted by protests, looting seems to enter the picture.

The connection between race and slavery is longstanding. Arabs have been the primary slave traders, and some still exists in Madagascar. I suspect that slavery commonly arose when prisoners were captured in battle, and some didn’t get killed, but were kept around to do the scut work. Some American Indian tribes had slaves, often in just that way.  Making prisoners of war into slaves was common all over the world.

America was unique among nations, however. We imported slaves captured in Africa by Africans, then sold to traders to transport across the Atlantic Ocean, to work the Southern cotton plantations, beginning a long history of  American slavery. Actually, far more slaves went to the sugar islands and to South America than to America itself, that’s well documented. England demanded an end to the Atlantic shipments, and set the Royal Navy to help put an end to that traffic.

America took on the institution of slavery itself, decided we didn’t like it, fought a war over it, and freed the slaves. That made the whole thing a world event. We have worked hard to open the doors for advancement to all blacks. Story in the news about a young black senior in high school who had walked three miles every day to the library to do his homework. He’s been accepted to something like 12 or more colleges, including the one that he most wants. He’ll probably be running some major corporation in a few years.

In the meantime, the freeway through Seattle is shut down, and if you are heading north you may have to go around the lake, but you can’t stop in Bellevue either. We’ll see how this all works out. Looting has gone on in most other suburbs around Lake Washington. Apparently the greed for free stuff outweighs any real compassion for Mr. Floyd.

(The image is from my riot file. I don’t know where it is, but adds appropriate drama. )



Joe Biden Has Chosen AOC As His Climate Adviser by The Elephant's Child

People have wondered, but the current economic slowdown will have almost no effect on the climate. To the contrary, a new paper finds that the slight increase in CO2 in the atmosphere means that the Earth is going to gain nearly three times as much green matter as was predicted by the IPCC’s AR5. From Patrick J. Michaels: That means we will meet the Paris Accords demand, and plentiful crops will help to feed a hungry world.  All good.  Most of the modern global warming that appears in the sensitive models is clearly too strong.  Climate is a key to the world’s food supply. In the 1970s Global Cooling led to widespread droughts — there had been 30 years of cooling, and as a consequence dwindling grain reserves, and most of the world relies on grain. Grains are the world’s basic food, and when food supplies fail, millions die.

Models are not the real world. Scientists put in what they know for sure, which isn’t really all that much, add things that they are pretty sure of, and at some point they add a lot of guesses about the way things are that may or may not be true. The models are derived from computer models that are meant to predict what the stock market will do. Since we are all fabulously wealthy, and nobody has gotten the dread COVID-19 disease, you surely understand that models are a very imperfect method of projecting what will be in the future. Sometimes we get it partly right, and sometimes not, even when we adequately put in the past, but it lets us make an attempt to understand what may happen in the future, and our guesses are clearly better for next week than for 20 years ahead. But think how boring life would be if we already knew what the future would be. If the future looks bad, we can try to prepare.

If you want to understand more about the climate, see the links in the sidebar, or go to Dr. Roy Spencer’s website. He has a brief introduction to Global Warming 101 and climate that is very useful. Dr. Spencer runs the satellites that measure the temperatures of the world for NASA with Dr. John Christy, and he writes a blog about all things climate.

The Democrats presumed candidate for the election this fall is Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden. Vice President Biden has chosen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to be his Climate authority, which is an even scarier possibility than Mr. Biden himself, with his ‘senior moments’.

Rep. AOC tweeted back in early February:

Fracking is destroying our land and our water. It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the fracking industry. That is why I am proud to introduce the Fracking Ban Act with Rep Darren Soto today. (with a big Ban Fracking Nationwide sign)

She is a big “Green New Deal” fan, (the “New Deal” thrown in for the Rooseveltian touch.) “Fracking” is the way that our geologists have found to release natural gas from where it is trapped underground, and has made cheaper energy plentiful and widely available, which has been a huge boon to the economy. The Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years, and the current slight warming does not portend destruction of the earth in eleven years hence, and we can expect it to continue to warm and cool for another millennia. Neither AOC nor Mr. Biden have bothered to study up on the climate situation, but prefer to go along with what they have heard from the Swedish kid, or those who assume that we can run a modern economy on windmills and solar panels. We can’t.  Even Michael Moore has given up on wind and sun, and I believe has a movie out so stating.

There are a lot of very poor countries in the world. We have already had a “Green Revolution”, the late Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution  in a set of technology transfer initiatives  between 1950 and the late 1960s increased agricultural production worldwide, particularly in the developing world. Technologies like high-yielding varieties of cereals, chemical fertilizers, and irrigation, new methods of cultivation including mechanization were adopted as a whole. He received the Noble Peace Prize in 1970 and is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. But of course there are those who assume that we have too many people in the world already. If you want heroes to extol, remember Norman Borlaug. Banning fracking is just plain silly. Sun and wind energy simply cannot and do not produce the energy needed by a modern society and modern lives.



The Perilous Quest for Just the Right Candidate by The Elephant's Child

Democrats are, as they say, up the river without a paddle. We had the interminable Democrat debates which resolved to a great lack of enthusiasm, and they finally, maybe, might have, settled on former Vice President Joe Biden. Mr. Biden has been accused of sexual abuse in his senate career at some point, by someone who had timely evidence in having told others at the time, but there are a lot of accusations of sexual abuse out there, and the “believe all women” thingy seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Of more concern is that Mr. Biden seems to be showing some signs of confusion and forgetfulness, his age is a worry (as President he would be 82), and there are questions about his son Hunter Biden’s business activity, The Democrats were alarmed by the popularity of socialist Bernie Sanders, and casting around for a better candidate. Enthusiasm for Michelle Obama. I don’t know that being married to a President is a qualification, but a wife may have learned something in the White House. Elizabeth Warren has been touted, but she has a fairly vast bunch of detractors. The idea of a woman of color seems particularly popular as it checks off the female button and the race button at the same time, and Democrats pay a lot of attention to checking off diversity buttons. That proves that they are not racist, and are indeed nice.

It seems that the Democrat convention, whenever it turns out to be, will be fairly entertaining. A former presidential advisor has suggested Hillary as the candidate with Obama as VP, but that is prohibited by the 12th amendment. A President may not serve more than two terms, and anyone ineligible to be president is also ineligible for the Vice Presidency. Republicans are inclined to choose someone who has clear ideas about what he (or she) wants to accomplish for the United States of America. Democrats want to check off diversity buttons, to prove once again that they are nice, and not racist.

Democrats are trying desperately to prove that President Trump has somehow messed up with his Covid-19 efforts, but Democrat Governors are clearly not doing well with their decisions, and the locked-down people are getting more than restless. People want and need to go back to work. Too many people simply do not have a financial cushion to carry them over, and are facing going to food banks that are unprepared for that kind of rush.

President Trump seems to have done a quite remarkable job, especially in shutting down immigration from China early on, fulfilling the needs of Governors around the country, and coming up with supplies where they were needed. The Democrat Media is working hard at trying to discredit his every move, which leads to President Trump’s need to extol his accomplishments, which in turn is demonized by the Democrat Media.

If you have not found the new website https://justthenews.com. I urge you to add it to your list. Founded by John Solomon, excellent journalist long with Investors Business Daily. Another excellent website is https://amgreatness.com.



‘An Unexpected Crisis Shows the True Measure of a Man by The Elephant's Child

I am so sick and tired of the press. President Trump announced a halt to immigration in order to protect the jobs of so many who have lost their jobs in the current Corona virus lockdown. Many small businesses have laid off workers in reaction to the sudden drop in business because people have been ordered to stay home. The businesses hurting the most have often been small restaurants or small shops that do not have the finances to keep running anyway nor to refocus to take out, or delivery. Not highly skilled jobs. And just the kind of jobs that many new immigrants would look for, and undercut the salaries that their predecessors were receiving. President Trump clearly cares about the American people.

For the press, it was clear that President Trump just doesn’t like immigrants and has an unreasoned prejudice against them. Look how he’s always talking about his wall. I believe that the benefits of citizenship should be bestowed on those who are citizens, and those who have applied legally to become citizens. There is a legal way to do this, and we welcome legal immigrants. Democrats want more immigrants, and try to get them to the states that will increase the Democrat numbers for the census, so they can control more seats in the House of Representatives. Any pretense that they care more about immigrants is just that, a pretense.

COVID-19 has done quite a job of exposing the governors and other office holders who are having to deal with a crisis, an ongoing crisis that is doing a job on killing people. We have body counts every day, and reports on how many people have been tested and how many have caught the virus, how many have died and how many have survived. It adds a special clarity to officials words and actions, in some cases not very favorably.

Grim new rules for New York City Paramedics — do not resuscitate cardiac arrests nor bring them to Emergency Rooms. Apparently an effort to keep from  overcrowding hospitals. Same day, Gov Cuomo tells the President that they don’t need the USS Comfort (the Military Hospital Ship) any more, and he can have it back. They have filled up the Javits Center with hospital beds, which is apparently still empty. (I’m on the West Coast, so if I get this wrong, let me know) I only know what I read in the press. But in next-door New Jersey, the military is putting up field hospitals.

Michigan Governor Whitmer has already had mass protests descending on the State Capitol, and Michigan residents are not happy. Going to be an interesting election this Fall.




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