American Elephants

They Are Losing or Have Lost Our Trust, And That IS a Very Big Deal. by The Elephant's Child



Troubling times. I find that I cannot watch the debate. Hillary, freshly coiffed by an expert, made up by an expert, dressed by an expert with a flattering collar that reflects all attention on the well done face and none on the weight she’s put on, is too much for me to take. That is a compliment, if a backhanded one. She’s really very well turned out for an important debate.

But even more so, because she is a compulsive liar, re-inventing herself each time she opens her mouth, to appear warmer, more caring, more capable, and just downright good—except that it just isn’t true. Canned lines.  Everything has been focus-group tested to see how it will play. When she said in a speech that there were “public positions” on an issue and “private positions,” it was not just a rare moment of candor, but an excuse if she gets caught at anything.

I have a deep intolerance for liars and lies, not, I hope, as any sort of holier-than-thou thing, but merely that understanding the world and what is going on is hard. People at their most honest are often mistaken or wrong. The only thing we have to guide us is our experience of the past, and other’s experience, but we never know enough. We are stumbling through a darkened wood trying to find the real and honest, and people who lie, deliberately, to confuse and mislead because of their own greed—are the enemy, trying to keep us stupid.

Have you noticed that whatever the subject, Hillary has met with those people, shares their concerns, feels their pain, and has an answer to their problems. Here’s an occasion where the question to Hillary was about her statement that there were “public positions” and “private positions” about a policy and wasn’t that two-faced? Her response is fascinating, and attempts to turn the question gradually into an attack on Trump and insinuation that the Russians are trying to influence our elections for the benefit of Trump. Whew! Some spin, and she ends up with Donald not releasing his tax returns. That’s an impressive trip around all sorts of attacks without ever dealing with the original question.

Hillary is a radical leftist. She was an admiring student of Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals, who teaches how to manipulate people in order to control them to get power. She wrote her senior thesis about him. Obama was a student of Alinsky’s methods and purportedly his best student ever at applying his methods in community organizing.

The leadership of the Democratic Party has moved far left. It’s open borders, and free trade in the hemisphere. Christiana Figueres, as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism. The Left pretends that their goals are something new and different, but it’s just the same old story that ends up as Venezuela.

They want to be in charge. They want to make the rules, and they want the power. That’s where Hillary is, and her choice as vice presidential candidate is just as hard left. In spite of impressive degrees or titles, they just don’t know enough to manage a people. You have to trust the people and trust in their creativity and their choices. They don’t need your management, they need to be able to trust you. They are supposed to be the boss, and you government people are the public servants, doing their bidding, not the other way around.

The people are concerned about uncontrolled immigration. They are concerned with a president who operates by executive orders and ignores the Constitution. They are concerned about terrorist attacks and the refusal to do anything about it, including calling terrorism by name. They are concerned about an economy that just costs more, and does less and less efficiently, and doesn’t seem to grow at all.

Even the British papers say that Trump won this debate, so it must be so. We’ll see how it plays out in the polls, which may or may not mean anything at all. These are troubling times, and we can no longer trust the fact-checkers, let alone the media. A strange, strange year.

Did You Hear What Hillary…Of Course You Didn’t. The Only News Was That Trump Said Something Crude. by The Elephant's Child

More releases of Hillary e-mails, and more than 2,500 e-mails from John Podesta, Hillary’s Campaign Chairman*, were released by Wikileaks, with more promised. The Podesta e-mails included excerpts from Hillary’s speeches to Wall Street groups. Podesta was a former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, a longtime antiwar activist of the New Left, and is currently the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. His most lasting contribution to the Left’s cause was:

his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.

Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.

Hillary went to ground, and lo and behold, an audio of Donald Trump being crude about women surfaced just in time to keep the media talking about the awfulness of Trump and overshadowing anything that Hillary might have said in those speeches she was so reluctant to talk about. Just a coincidence of course.

Donald Trump is a flawed candidate, not my first choice, nor the first choice of many others. The fact that he said something crude about a woman in a tape from 2005 in a private conversation with another man is not exactly a surprise. We all knew that Trump was frequently crude. Hillary said in a 2013 “private” speech to the National Multifamily Housing Council that it was important to hold two positions on political issues — a “public” one and a separate “private” one. That’s hardly a surprise either.  We all knew that her public pronouncements were just for public consumption. Truth and accuracy are not among her better known characteristics.

The reaction from major Republicans has been outrage and horror that they might get tarnished with the effluent from Trump’s “shocking” remarks. There seems to be some extra importance to the fact that his crude remarks were about women. Would there be as much outrage if he had made crude remarks about men? Or don’t the advances women have made in the way of equality count when they require the extra consideration due simply because they are female?

Donald Trump is not the first politician to make crude remarks. I give you LBJ, who was remarkably crude, And Bill Clinton has been accused of far, far worse. Hillary told executives at a Brazilian bank in a private speech that:

My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” Clinton says in an excerpt from a speech to Unibanco Itau, a Brazilian bank. “We have to resists protectionism [and] other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade.”

The EU has been such a colossal failure that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually believing a common market in this hemisphere would be desirable. Free markets and trade, of course, but a common market run by the usual corrupt and unaccountable bureaucrats — is one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever heard. No wonder she didn’t want anyone to know what she said in her speeches, to get such big donations for the Clinton Foundation.

Donald Trump has said some rude things, that he shouldn’t have said. Hillary has played fast and loose with our national secrets to get enough payola to afford her walled estate, and the lifestyle among the rich and famous that is so important to her. I was astounded the other day when I heard a woman on a radio show remark that” Hillary had done so much for women.” I couldn’t imagine what she was talking about.

Like so many on the Left, Hillary believes that the recession (the worst since the Great Depression) was caused by George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Collapse of the Housing Bubble? Never heard of it. They also believe firmly that extended unemployment benefits and food stamps help to grow the economy — which is apparently why we have had such a marvelous recovery. Taxes, especially on the rich, bring lots of “government money” which when spent on, oh, global warming and  welfare benefits and food stamps, circulates through the economy, growing as it passes through each hand. Nancy Pelosi explained the economics carefully in a speech at the Brookings Institution. You can look it up.

*I said John Podesta was Hillary’s campaign manager. That was incorrect. He is Campaign Chairman. Campaign Manager is Robert Mook. Corrected.

Debates Get Easier If You Have the Questions In Advance, and Have Your Responses Carefully Prepared. by The Elephant's Child

Oh dear, Hillary was caught using a child actor to ask a question at a town hall in Haverford, Pennsylvania. A 15 year-old girl was supposedly “chosen at random” to ask a question of the former Secretary of State. Someone thought it a little pat, and decided to dig a little deeper. The “random” participant turned out to be Brennan Leach, whose father is Pennsylvania democratic State Senator Daylin Leach, who does indeed support Hillary’s presidential race.

Hi Madam Secretary. I’m Brennan and I’m 15 years old. At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age. I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look. As the first female president how would you undo some of that damage and help girls understand that they’re so much more than just what they look like?”


“I’m so proud of you for asking that question. You are right — my opponent has just taken this concern to a new level of difficulty and meanness.  And, it’s shocking when women are called names and judged solely on the basis of physical attributes.

“My opponent insulted Miss Universe. I mean, how do you get more acclaimed than that?  But, it wasn’t good enough. So we can’t take any of this seriously any more. We need to laugh at it. We need to refute it. We need to ignore it. And we need to stand up to it.”

Turns out Brennan is the only one who spoke from a prepared script.

It has also been pointed out that Hillary has been given the questions in advance of interviews, so that she can be prepared with all the correct responses. She’s very concerned with tactics, but many of her responses leave holes the size of a bar door for a practiced debater to charge through. Sigh.

The EPA’s Evidence For Global Warming Has Been Scientifically Invalidated! by The Elephant's Child

brian1-copy_20161003151613017_6245052_ver1-0_640_360Hurricane Matthew is creating a wave of destruction through Haiti, Cuba and the states that may be in the storm’s path are battening down the hatches and preparing for the worst, just in case. You can be sure that the damage will be blamed on global warming. Everything unpleasant has been — blamed on global warming.

President Obama has used his bully pulpit to bully the world into using governmental power to save the world from human-caused “climate change.” From his nomination acceptance speech in June 2008 (“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”) to every State of the Union address, he has lectured us on the “greatest crisis facing mankind.” He’s even gone so far as to force the military to start moving to clean energy to power our armed forces.

The results of his passion for saving us all from the perils of climate change have meant forcing the closure of coal-fired power plants, putting coal-mines out of business, and the miners on the dole, blocking pipelines, wasting billions on “clean energy” sources that cannot possibly run a real electrical grid at reasonable cost or actually supply the electricity that runs our economy.

The force of law came on December 15, 2009 when the Environmental Protection Agency issued its Green House Gas (GHG) Endangerment Finding which has driven significant and costly regulations beginning with CO2. From page 47 of the Endangerment Finding’s Technical Support Document:

The attribution of observed climate change to anthropogenic activities is based on multiple lines of evidence. The first line of evidence arises from the basic physical understanding of the effects of changing concentrations of GHGs, natural factors, and other human impacts on the climate system. The second line of evidence arises from indirect, historical estimates of past climate changes that suggest that the changes in global surface temperature over the last several decades are unusual (Karl et al, 2009). The third line of evidence arises from the use of computer-based climate models to simulate the likely patterns of response of the climate system to different forcing mechanisms (both natural and anthropogenic).  

But they never really checked to see if their “lines of evidence” stand up. On September 19, the ICECAP website posted the following: “The most important assumption in EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding has been conclusively invalidated.”  

The news is that a major new work of research, from a large group of top scientists and mathematicians, asserts that EPA’s “lines of evidence,” and thus its Endangerment Finding, have been scientifically invalidated.

These analysis results [in this Report] would appear to leave very, very little doubt but that EPA’s claim of a Tropical Hot Spot (THS), caused by rising atmospheric CO2 levels, simply does not exist in the real world. Also critically important, even on an all-other-things-equal basis, this analysis failed to find that the steadily rising Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations have had a statistically significant impact on any of the 13 critically important temperature time series data analyzed.

Thus, the analysis results invalidate each of the Three Lines of Evidence in its CO2 Endangerment Finding. Once EPA’s THS assumption is invalidated, it is obvious why the climate models they claim can be relied upon, are also invalid. And, these results clearly demonstrate – 13 times in fact – that once just the ENSO impacts on temperature data are accounted for, there is no “record setting” warming to be concerned about. In fact, there is no ENSO-Adjusted Warming at all. These natural ENSO impacts are shown in this research to involve both changes in solar activity and the well-known 1977 Pacific Climate Shift.

Here’s a summary from The Daily Caller, another from The Manhattan ContrarianHere’s a basic discussion of climate change from Dr. Roy Spencer, who measures world temperatures by satellite.

Expect whatever damages are perpetrated by Hurricane Matthew to be blamed on global warming. Expect a long, vicious political battle over the validation of the invalidation. The global warming enthusiasts are not going to give up easily. They are dedicated to catastrophe.

“Manmade global warming is a danger to humanity and the environment and it must be stopped.” That notion has funded many a career in climate science, departments of Environmental Science in universities, huge and glamorous meetings of the cognoscenti in the world’s most beautiful resorts, and many a political career.

Although top UN people in charge of the UN climate effort have admitted that their goal is the destruction of capitalism and the transfer of wealth from the capitalist nations to the undeveloped world, and doesn’t really have anything to do with a little warming — that massive political organization is not going to throw up their hands and say “nevermind.” Expect a war.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a (devastating to the country) power grab by an out of control crooked agency is now working its way through the courts. Hillary has already promised coal country that she will see that they are shut down, and the country is electrified by “clean power.”

ADDENDUM: President Obama was out on the South Lawn yesterday celebrating the Paris Climate Agreement, which “would still not be sufficient to deal with the pace of warming that we’re seeing in the atmosphere.”  and “This week we’ll begin negotiations on an aviation agreement, an international aviation agreement, where all airlines and major carriers around the world begin to figure out how they can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that they’re emitting, which can make a big difference.” (like Air Force One is actually two 747s to transport the president and all his staff and the helicopters and armored cars).  Today he was out on the south Lawn again talking about how global warming is causing disasters like Hurricane Matthew.
Told you so.

Hillary is Biased, Partisan, Shameless, Dishonest and Corrupt, But You Should Turn The Economy Over to Her to Run? Oh Please! by The Elephant's Child

Over 80 million people watched the debate last Monday. The most ever. Which seems quite splendid until you stop to realize that the population is over 300 million. But of course everybody has been talking about it ever since. Michael Barone listed some of her ideas:

Hillary Clinton started off with a laundry list of incremental economic programs — none of which would promote economic growth. Some have already been legislated (equal pay for women, 1963), others are tilted to the upscale (debt-free college). A possible exception: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which she has renounced but which she might, as Donald Trump predicted, manage to find acceptable once elected.

What about the “investments” she called for? Infrastructure spending employs a few high-skill workers and may, some day, provide facilities. Other “investments” usually turn out to be subsidies for Democratic-supporting public employee unions. Revive the economy by building solar panels? The government tried that with Solyndra and lost $535 million.

But then, she believes the 2007 financial crisis was caused by Bush’s tax cuts which is beyond absurd.She apparently believes that “clean energy” is a viable way to power the economy cheaply and reliably, because she’s going to go after the coal miners if there are any of them still working. She said so.

The financial crisis of 2007 began when the housing bubble burst. The bubble was caused by government efforts to get more poor people into their own homes, and lending standards were reduced to accomplish that. The Fed kept interest rates artificially low for too long, and the bad loans were passed around creating an economic collapse. It had nothing to do with incentivizing business investment to generate economic growth. Hillary even dragged out the old saw about “trickle-down economics”, trying to pin it on Trump as “Trump Trickledown Economics” in an effort to be clever. Didn’t work.

Hillary wants federal “retraining” of local police and believes that racial disparities in law enforcement are due to “systemic racism” from you and me, rather than the documented racial disparities in criminal behavior. Is that the way to bring out the black vote? I thought people who live in dangerous neighborhoods wanted more police protection. Encouraging protests and riots against police has already proven to be disastrous.

She has endorsed the “Iran Deal” as a way to keep a lid on their nuclear weapons program, rather than the pathway to weapons to attack Israel and the United States, which they candidly admit is their goal.

She believes firmly that “government can create the benefits of economic growth without any actual economic growth. Working Americans are clearly suffering economically. Economic growth is beyond anemic, and the absent recovery is the worst recovery period since World War II.  GDP is averaging about 1% so far this year, with no signs of relief.

The Federal Reserve Board is projecting GDP growth going forward at a pitiful 2% annually. The economy is so weak that the Fed is afraid to raise interest rates by even a quarter of a point. One of the primary causes has been a decline in investment. We have the world’s highest corporate tax rate, and with projections of only a mere 2% growth going forward, companies are reluctant to invest.

Mr. Trump believes in offering incentives to encourage growth. He wants to reduce taxes from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, big and small. He wants to reduce the regulatory burden that is keeping investment low, keep an “all of the above” energy program. If increasing business investment will drive economic growth and create jobs this is a HUGE and effective approach that has always worked.

Hillary wants to raise taxes on “the wealthy” to “make the economy “fairer” without any understanding that jobs are created by people who actually have money to invest. Poor people do not create jobs.

Hillary will turn to government mandates to address stagnant wages, by forcing businesses to share more of their profits with employees. In other words she wants to increase wages and benefits without any actual economic growth to make those increases possible.

FBI director James Comey testified that Hillary seemed to not have much understanding of technology, and blamed much of her troubles on her ignorance. She doesn’t have much understanding of economics either, and her ignorance could cause us all some very real trouble.

Here’s How Republicans Rob People of Their Right to Vote! You Might Ask What the Left is Doing! by The Elephant's Child

Arcan Cetin who went on a shooting rampage at the Burlington Mall in Washington, killing four women and one man at a Macy’s store, came to the U.S. from Turkey as a child. He never applied for citizenship, but remained as a permanent resident. It seems, however, that he has voted in the past three elections.

The Washington state election system operates on a sort of honor system, since anyone who shows up to vote does not have to prove he or she is an American citizen. Voting as a non-citizen could carry a five-year prison sentence, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. She also said that she does not believe that the case points to a larger issue in the state concerning the upcoming election.

Clearly they are not listening to the Republicans who are desperately trying to keep people like the 12,571 Syrian refugees the Obama administration has brought in in Fiscal Year 2016 from voting.  How many of them will vote in the this election?

An official working for one of the resettlement agencies who receives more than $1 billion annually from the federal government to resettle refugees said he expects the Obama administration will bring between 20,000 and 30,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. in FY 2017. Most are Muslim, less than 1% of those who have arrived so far are Christian or of other faiths. Most probably are not Syrian, for Syrian passports are available cheaply and there is nowhere to check in Syria whether they are real.

More dead people are voting, this time in Virginia. California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill allowing felons to vote from their jail cells.The law does not take effect until January 1. so will have no impact on this year’s elections. As I said, you might ask what the Democrats are doing.

“Class” Sticks It’s Ugly Head into The Presidential Race by The Elephant's Child


Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” have their antecedents in Barack Obama’s “bitter-clingers” and “typical white person.” What is it with these people? I have certainly felt that Obama has deliberately stirred up racial angst in the interest of getting out the black vote for Hillary, for blacks turned out massively for the “first black president,” but  are not all that much interested in the first woman president. Hillary doesn’t mention that so much anymore, she has probably noticed that most people just don’t care.

Democrats are worried about this election, so they are pulling out all the stops. Every effort is being made to get as many new citizens sworn in as quickly as possible. Although forbidden by the courts in doing so, Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, is going to great lengths to pass out pardons to felons in his state and register them to vote, in spite of the State’s Supreme Court which told him he couldn’t do that. Democrats are usually dependent on vote fraud to win elections. We’re very familiar with that in Washington State.

But what is all the Class thing? Who are the working class? I thought most people worked for a living. But perhaps growing up rural, as I did, is different. I have always known some people with little education and little money and others who are fabulously wealthy, as did both of my parents. With all the safe spaces and triggering and other nonsense going on in our colleges and universities, people are losing what respect they once had for an Ivy-League education, as has been proven with the mess some Ivy-League grads have made of the country.

Democrats shut down coal-fired power plants and closed the coal mines that provided jobs to thousands of hard0working Americans, and then want to put them on welfare and sneer at them as “deplorables.” Most rural people who live lives closer to the weather and seasons, don’t find it all that unusual to have an occasional hot summer or a dry year, because they’ve seen those things so many times before. They often live near a wind farm and are familiar with the long stretches when there isn’t any wind at all, and the power back-up has to come from one of those power plants they are trying to shut down. And they are often a little dubious about “city people”who seem profoundly ignorant about rural America, and sneer at it as “flyover country.”

I grew up in a classless society. My ancestors came here to escape the burden of class divisions and created a country where the requirements to become President of the United States were to be a native born citizen of at least 35 years of age, and to  have been resident in the country for 14 years. Not a single thing in there requiring a Harvard degree, nor offering any special consideration to those who do have one.

The aim of all of Hillary’s graft seems to be the gated estate where she lives in upstate New York. Obama vacations on Martha’s Vineyard or a private beach in Hawaii, has parties for the wealthiest Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley executives, and tells his black constituents that he will be deeply insulted if they don’t turn out to support his chosen successor.

Whatever happened to “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America”? I guess that was then and this is now.

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