American Elephants

The Mainstream Partisan Media Is Going Too Far. by The Elephant's Child

The partisan media is insisting that the election is all over, Hillary has won, and there’s no need for you backwards Trump voters to bother anymore. The polls all confirm that Hillary has won, except they actually don’t.

ABC just said that Hillary has opened up her widest lead yet, popping up to confirm my first paragraph. Hillary wanted to run against Trump, as she thought him the easiest to defeat, and the partisan media cooperated all during the Republican debates by focusing entirely on Trump and not really giving the other 16 candidates much of a chance to get a word in.

Hillary told another of her whoppers, claiming that 17 of our intelligence services had verified that Wikileaks was a Russian production and suggesting that they were trying to get Trump elected. Not true. We only have 2 intelligence services capable of tracking down cyber attacks. One of the Fact Checking groups claimed that Hillary certainly didn’t say that she favored  open borders and free trade throughout the Western Hemisphere in a speech to Brazilian bankers. Well, yes she did. I’m getting a deep, passionate hatred for the “mainstream” media. I don’t like to be lied to.

ADDENDUM: The latest ABC/Washington Post poll mentioned above, shows an obvious sampling bias with a 12 point advantage for Hillary. Partisan divisions are 36-27-31: 36percent Democrats, 27 percent Republicans, 31 percent Independents. The latest Wikileaks Podesta email included a 37 page guide on how to over sample polling so they can get the maximum out of media polling.  Over sample Hispanics, and Native Americans in Arizona. Over sample Hispanics with Spanish language interviewing, as they are the lowest turnout Democratic Targets. Make sure samples are “not too old” and “has enough African American and Hispanic voters. So, you can’t believe their lying eyes, or claims. It’s so frustrating to have insiders, on the one hand, insisting that our elections are not rigged and its insulting to say so, as you see and read about the massive cheating that is going on.

Behind the Scenes of the Clinton Campaign, Leaving Nothing to Chance. by The Elephant's Child

Every time you think this campaign season can’t possibly get any weirder—it does. Today James O’Keefe and Project Veritas Action released a first video revealing that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee are taking credit for instigating violence at several Republican events (think starting a riot) during the 2016 election cycle.

They call it  “bird dogging”—they plan confrontations in advance, choose the individuals to provoke, and work to maximize media coverage from a compliant media. They are staging very authentic grassroots protests right in Republican faces at their own events. It’s all coordinated with the Clinton campaign, but they make sure there is “plausible deniability” for the campaign. It’s all very complicated. These people are”consultants” in unofficial roles to avoid violating the law by coordinating directly.

The object, of course, is to create the “desired perception” that Trump is dangerous and divisive, undermines American values and makes our national security questionable. Trump supporters have frequently been attacked by left-wing mobs. Apparently much of it is staged to create negative impressions about the Trump candidacy, and rig the election.The tactic often uses more vulnerable people, the elderly or disabled, to create more shock value. These are not nice people, but they are quite serious.

We The People Of The United States of America — Are Pretty Ticked Off by The Elephant's Child

Reposted from June 25. 2016


—Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker asked rhetorically “Why are Liberals so Hateful?” Good question. James Taranto pulled up a 2010 piece from Charles Krauthammer, to explain why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting. Krauthammer finds a pattern:

— Promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

— Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

— Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

Taranto says: Krauthammer portrays this as a cynical game: “Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. . . . What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument.”

Because their motives are pure, their intellectual superiority and managing expertise entitle them to rule over the rest of us ignorant, backward, stupid, religious nuts, and clinging intolerant bigots.

We daily hear about “the elites” and “the working class”— where do they get that? The “elites” naturally include as the cognitive elite the nation’s reporters, columnists and scribes. Businessmen are not really part of the elite—they are more apt to be included in “Wall Street” or excluded as manufacturers. We do have some wealthy playboys (and girls) but most everybody else supposedly works for a living, yet “the working class” are those who perhaps went to trade school or do those “dirty jobs” that Mike Rowe built into a successful career,( with some very good advice for future members of the employed ranks.) That leaves rather a large segment of the American public who actually do work for a living, enjoy it at least part of the time, and feel good about putting supper on the table and enjoying a movie now and then—out of the picture as — what, unmentionables?

Are BREXIT and Trump and all the international anger about being sneeringly called “the working class” when we are obviously more than a little short of work? Unemployment is a big problem in the EU as well as here. Holman Jenkins, business columnist for the Wall Street Journal remarked recently:  “It turns out government cannot spare us collectively from having to adapt and compete in an economy.”

The Left, in their headlong race towards what they conceive to be a more perfect world, when they get the rest of us bullied into shape, simply do not grasp basic human nature. We are flawed creatures, imperfect, and human nature is not perfectible. At the end of their relentless drive towards an imaginary utopia is — Venezuela, or Cuba, or Auschwitz or the Gulag.

Well, no wonder they think of themselves as an “elite.”The federal government has too many people working for the government, and there isn’t enough work for them to do. Government workers make 78% more than the private sector for comparable jobs according to Cato. They call themselves “public servants,” but they don’t mean it. When they start to think of the U.S. Constitution as an impediment rather than a guarantee that the government belongs to the people and the public servants are there to work for us, not the other way around, we’re in trouble. So here we are.

I think it was Mike Lofgren, author of The Deep State, who captured the essence of Leftist discourse: “Take offense, call your opponent names, refuse to let them speak, decline to debate.”

That pretty much covers it.

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.

When You Don’t Understand the Economy, You’re Not Apt to Provide Correct Solutions! by The Elephant's Child


When the economy seems dismal, and nothing seems to be going right, you may have noticed that reasons start appearing why we just have to settle for a less prosperous world. Obama’s answers in his speech to the UN General Assembly are particularly interesting. We have to make the global economy work better for all people, not just those at the top. Open markets and  capitalism have raised standards of living around the globe, but globalization and rapid progress and technology have weakened the position of workers and their ability to secure a decent wage. Unions have been undermined and manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Here’s Obama:

But I do believe there’s another path — one that fuels growth and innovation, and offers the clearest route to individual opportunity and national success.  It does not require succumbing to a soulless capitalism that benefits only the few, but rather recognizes that economies are more successful when we close the gap between rich and poor, and growth is broadly based. And that means respecting the rights of workers so they can organize into independent unions and earn a living wage.  It means investing in our people — their skills, their education, their capacity to take an idea and turn it into a business.  It means strengthening the safety net that protects our people from hardship and allows them to take more risks — to look for a new job, or start a new venture.

Forgive me, but this is pure claptrap. “Soulless Capitalism” indeed. That benefits only a few? Too much time going to Socialist meetings, and a deep ignorance of basic economics. Robert Barro, professor of economics at Harvard and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute corrected the president:

The Obama administration and some economists argue that the recovery since the Great Recession ended in 2009 has been unusually weak because of the recession’s severity and the fact that it was accompanied by a major financial crisis. Yet in a recent study of economic downturns in the U.S. and elsewhere since 1870, economist Tao Jin and I found that historically the opposite has been true. Empirically, the growth rate during a recovery relates positively to the magnitude of decline during the downturn, economist Tao Jin and I found that historically the opposite has been true. …

On average, during a recovery, an economy recoups about half the GDP lost during the downturn. The recovery is typically quick, with an average duration around two years. For example, a 4% decline in per capita GDP during a contraction predicts subsequent recovery of 2%, implying 1% per year higher growth than normal during the recovery. Hence, the growth rate of U.S. per capita GDP from 2009 to 2011 should have been around 3% per year, rather than the 1.5% that materialized.

The Left is burdened with the ideas that things need be done by government, that those in government (themselves) know better how to manage businesses and direct trade, and decide what needs to be done in the future. They are so filled with themselves and their self-admiration that they cannot conceive of letting people be free to pursue their own ideas and ambitions. Yet this is the very way you welcome growth and invention. Economist Dierdre McCloskey points out that:

“two centuries ago, the average world income per human (in present-day prices) was about $3 a day. It had been so since we lived in caves. Now it is $33 a day—which is Brazil’s current level and the level of the U.S. in 1940. Over the past 200 years, the average real income per person—including even such present-day tragedies as Chad and North Korea—has grown by a factor of 10. It is stunning. In countries that adopted trade and economic betterment wholeheartedly, like Japan, Sweden and the U.S., it is more like a factor of 30—even more stunning.”…

Over the past 200 years, the average real income per person—including even such present-day tragedies as Chad and North Korea—has grown by a factor of 10. It is stunning. In countries that adopted trade and economic betterment wholeheartedly, like Japan, Sweden and the U.S., it is more like a factor of 30—even more stunning.

The capital became productive because of ideas for betterment—ideas enacted by a country carpenter or a boy telegrapher or a teenage Seattle computer whiz. As Matt Ridley put it in his book “The Rational Optimist” (2010), what happened over the past two centuries is that “ideas started having sex.” The idea of a railroad was a coupling of high-pressure steam engines with cars running on coal-mining rails. The idea for a lawn mower coupled a miniature gasoline engine with a miniature mechanical reaper. And so on, through every imaginable sort of invention. The coupling of ideas in the heads of the common people yielded an explosion of betterments.

Another article by Dierdre McCloskey covering many of the same ideas is available at The New York Times. Both may be behind subscription barriers, but you can find them on Google. It’s worth trying to track them down.  I love Matt Ridley’s brilliant description of  “ideas having sex.” But that’s how it works. You suddenly put two ideas previously unconnected— together and suddenly you have a new and different thing. And it’s how people and nations get rich as well.

Sources For Everything You Need to Know on Constitution Day by The Elephant's Child

Where can you get a copy of the United States Constitution? The Cato Institute has dandy pocket Constitutions — 3½” x  5″ for $4.95 each, or 10 copies for $10 — including the Bill of Rights and all the amendments. Make sure each of your kids or grandkids have their own copy, and that they read it.

Birthdays or Christmas, get them a copy of An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power by John Steele Gordon. It explains why things happened the way they did, and why a free people, whose freedoms are guaranteed by the world’s greatest constitution, are the envy of the world.

Here’s a list of the 20 questions kids ask most on Constitution Day.

Here’s a list of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the Constitution into law, and a brief biography of each one, and of the three Delegates who refused to sign.

Here’s a brief 10 question quiz to test your basic knowledge of the Constitution, and if you don’t excel, refer back to where you get a copy.

Don’t forget that the Constitution was preceded by the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. The Library of Congress has an excellent overview of the Articles, and  you can read the Articles of Confederation at Yale’s Avalon project to see why we needed a do-over. And here are copies of The Federalist Papers, in many different editions.

Progressives don’t really like the Constitution, as their aim is a socialist paradise of some kind with themselves in charge. Free people and Free Markets just don’t fit into their vision, and apparently they don’t read enough or keep up with the news enough to grasp the long dismal histories of socialist countries — evidenced by Obama’s efforts to make nice with Cuba, or the current situation in Venezuela where the people are starving. Or North Korea, Russia, China, Vietnam, etc., etc. They always believe that those other people just didn’t do it right. That, in itself is a very basic reason to bone up on the Constitution, if you value being a free person in a free country.


What Precisely IS Social Justice? by The Elephant's Child

Justice is what is embodied in our Constitution and our body of law, as it is administered by the courts. Calling redistribution of wealth “justice” is a little hard to take. May be a rallying cry for the self-interested (who did you think was going to do the redistributing?)

The people (Progressives) who shout the loudest about “social Justice” are those who want to be in charge, and have no interest or intention in having their wealth redistributed. They want to feel virtuous by taking the wealth of the rich and giving it to the poor. How about a world in which we try to improve conditions for all, which is what we have been doing successfully for several hundred years, or did you think that the world’s dictators had a better idea?

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