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About Immigration: Victor Davis Hanson by The Elephant's Child

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Historian Richard Pipes Has Died at age 94. by The Elephant's Child

Richard Pipes, an invaluable historian of Russia, an aide to President Reagan, has died at age 94. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard, and took his place in the front rank of Russian historians with the publication of Russia Under the Old Regime in 1974.

He had a notable public career, but he regarded himself as first and foremost as a historian of Russian history, politics, and culture. He abandoned chronology and treated his subject by themes, such as the peasantry, the church, the machinery of the state and the intelligentsia. One of his most original contributions was to locate many of Russia’s woes in its failure to evolve beyond its status as a patrimonial state — nullifying the concepts of private property and individual freedom. Everything belonged to the head of the state.

You might want to start with his Modern Library book on Communism as a good introduction. I prize his Property and Freedom. He was a little uncomfortable taking on the subject as a departure from his Russian histories, but it was an important book.



The Irresponsible Press Reached a New Low! by The Elephant's Child

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Again, it’s the talking points. President Donald Trump referred correctly to members of the brutal MS-13 gangs as “animals,” well, all hell broke loose. The Leftist wordsmiths saw what they believed to be an opportunity to impune the president once again. The “racist” President Trump once again called immigrants “animals.” That was an embarrassing lie, they knew it, but —

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

Democrats are scared. They lost the election badly, got a president they dislike, although they might take a look at what he has accomplished for the country, that has not been the case for years. They saw that map of America with the counties that voted Republican, down to the city and county level. Hillary may have referred to the people who didn’t vote for her as “deplorables” but they were simply ordinary people tired of being out of work, tired of food stamps, tired of escalating costs and tired of the dangers they faced from illegal immigrants that no one would do anything about.

Then you have Kanye West, and some black people showing interest in what the president is accomplishing, and it’s pure panic time. Democrats depend on America’s blacks to give them a solid voting block. To keep them in line, they must portray Donald Trump as a racist.

You can always tell when the talking points have gone out. If every Leftist talking head says the same words, you know it’s not an original thought. The Daily Caller has made videos of the talking heads and their talking points. We laugh at them, but the intent is sheer propaganda, and to some extent, it works. The Daily News was again completely irresponsible.

Is MS-13 really that bad, that dangerous? You can go to Google images, enter MS-13, and prowl around an you’ll find a picture of a man’s corpse  with an unbelievable number of big butcher knives sticking into every part of his body, including the face. At Breitbart, John Binder assembled a list of eleven “animalistic crimes” committed by MS-13. The gang was founded in Los Angeles, but moved to El Salvador, and has torn that country apart.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump’s attack on MS-13 gang members, saying, “Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”

Multiple media pundits, including the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin,defended MS-13 gang members against Trump’s “animals” remark, calling the statement “disgusting” and attacking Evangelical Trump supporters. Similarly, the Associated Press was forced to apologize for falsely claiming that Trump was referring to illegal aliens when he made the “animals” remark.

Meanwhile, Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the comment, as Breitbart News reported.

The Washington Post posted a report on the history of MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha late last year, titled “The Satanic History of MS-13” I  have seen reports that suggest that the gangs are active in every major city around the country. I don’t know if that is true, but they are truly dangerous animals, and Americans are not safe.

The sad thing is that we no longer have a media that we can trust. They have forgotten, if they ever knew, the role that they were assigned when this glorious country was founded. Now they are just slimy mouthpieces for the reprehensible Left.

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The “Talking Points” Are Plain Leftist Propaganda by The Elephant's Child

Democrats operate on “talking points” which are supplied by their wordsmiths.  They depend on controlling the conversation, and if many speak in the same words, their “talking point” dominates. The more it is repeated, the stronger it becomes. It is, of course, all about power and control. It’s simply pure propaganda, a weapon in their political goal.

Whoever sends out the “talking points” managed to screw up rather badly yesterday, attempting to turn Israel’s celebration of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the legitimate capitol of their country by moving our embassy there into a negative. Trump was wrecking the “Peace  Plan.” President Trump has sent Jared Kushner and Ivanka to Jerusalem as his representatives. Of course Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza, arranged a major demonstration, hoping to breach the wall and kill large numbers of Jews. Hamas pays residents of Gaza to demonstrate, and women and children are forced into the forward ranks, so that if the Israeli army resists the attack, Hamas will have the dead or wounded women and children as evidence of the evil of the Jewish people of Israel.

Odd that no one mentions all the Palestinian children treated in Israeli hospitals, or for that matter, both Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine and his wife have been treated in Israeli hospitals.

Israel gave the Palestinians Gaza, which is a prime piece of real estate with lovely beaches, and could be a major tourist destination, but Hamas is only interested in eliminating the Jewish State. The Associated Press has willfully and deliberately reported false casualty figures in Gaza out of fear of Hamas”s retribution. And the New York Daily News, spotting an opportunity to attack Trump, really went way too far. It was disgusting, and very deliberate. They knew better.



Peter Thiel: The Decline of Western Civilization by The Elephant's Child

This is a fun commentary on today’s world. Food for thought, which is always welcome. Congressmen are just ordinary folks who don’t know very much? Yet are designated to make the laws that govern us? Perhaps we should think a little more deeply about just whom we elect to office. We have had great eras of ideas and invention. What is the situation that creates and encourages those ideas? Is it the desire for profit? The simple desire to carry an idea through to fruition?



There Is No Unprecedented Global Modern Warming by The Elephant's Child

You have heard the wailing and screaming about President Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Accords, but do you understand that the agreement, never ratified by the U.S. government (NOT a treaty) accomplished nothing at all to modify or change the climate. The climate of the earth has been changing mildly for millions of years, and there is no unprecedented Global-Scale modern warming. The “Accords” were designed to transfer large amounts of wealth from the rich nations to the poor nations, ostensibly to allow them to save themselves from that non-existent unprecedented warming.

There are two kinds of climate science that we are dealing with. One is based on satellite measurements and thermometer readings and recorded history. The other is based on computer programs, based, I believe on computer programs that were designed to forecast what the financial markets were going to do. They took what they knew about the climate, and put that in, and they put in thermometer readings from weather stations all over our country and from around the world. There were problems with that because a lot of them were placed where concrete paving and buildings reflected heat, and some were next to air-conditioning outlets, others next to trash burners, so the readings weren’t all that useful. Then there are lots of things that they don’t understand completely, like the extent to which the warming from the sun is affected by clouds. Michael Mann conjured up, from his computer programs, what is called the hockey stick graph, which shows that the heating of the planet suddenly takes a sharp turn up.

Science doesn’t run on dramatic conclusions like that. Someone proposes an idea, and if many other scientists can examine the facts and test them and come up with the same conclusion over time, then they begin to trust the idea, and continue to test it all over again as new information comes in. Scientists are still finding many old conclusions that they thought were settled science, just are not.

From the No Tricks Zone: (by Kenneth Richard on 10, May 2018)

During 2017, there were 150 graphs from 122 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals indicating modern temperatures are not unprecedented, unusual, or hockey-stick-shaped —nor do they fall outside the range of natural variability. We are a little over 4 months into the new publication year and already 81 graphs from 62 scientific papers undermine claims that modern era warming is climatically unusual.

Do follow the link and see some of the graphs. They come from all over the world, and illustrate natural variation. Here in Seattle we had snow on Christmas eve, just enough to make the trees look pretty, and that was it for the whole winter. A few cold days that it tried, without success, to snow. We’ve had years when we were essentially snowed in with icy streets, and we had one good sledding year on the hill in front of my house.

I make no pretense of being a scientist. But I grew up outdoors in the foothills of the Rockies, and I’ve been snowed in, flooded out, and even had the Union Pacific railroad derailed in my front yard. Sorry, no one is going to convince me that normal changes in the weather are a catastrophe.



Apologies! by The Elephant's Child
May 15, 2018, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Politics

Sorry about the absence of blogging. Mother’s Day, Sick Cats, Computer acting up. All fixed now. New diet for cats. Mother’s Day nicely celebrated, new modem installed. Things are working. Back to normal, maybe.Apologies.




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