American Elephants


Well, There You Go! by The Elephant's Child
January 18, 2015, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Heartwarming, Sports, The United States

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Guess What The Federal Government Wants To Ban Now! by The Elephant's Child

dessert-food-ice-cream-sprinkles-yummie-Favim.com-251660The latest gift from the Regulatory State who feel it their duty to tell Americans what to do and how to live their lives. I hope you are keeping track of the government agencies who are exceeding the bounds of common sense and propriety. This time it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The list is getting long.

Perhaps the FDA’s budget needs to be cut back a bit. We are paying for this effort!

Since they have discovered a cure for Cancer and Ebola, these nitwits have turned their  attention to something really important.  They are going to ban sprinkles because they contain small amounts of — trans fats. Trans fats, or hydrogenate oils, have been in our diets since the 1950s to improve shelf life and improve taste. Research has determined that large quantities of trans fats in one’s diet can be dangerous for long-term health. Um, scientific principle: the dose makes the poison.

How many bushels of sprinkles do you think even a really fat kid consumes in a year?

Trans fats were once pushed by liberal groups such as the chief food police organization — The Center for Science in the Public Interest. They condemn almost anything that actually tastes good, and issue constant and questionable reports condemning soft drinks, fat substitutes, irradiated meat, biotech food crops. Lots of questionable lawsuits. They get attention because the group name sounds ‘Sciency’.’

In 1988  the group condemned the use of polyunsaturated and saturated fats then in fashion. Food companies switched to trans-fats for which CSPI happily took credit.

Americans are not enthusiastic about a government that keeps telling them what to do, what to eat, how to live their lives. What do they want from their government? Please — just butt out! Leave us alone. That’s what freedom is all about.



Obama: Black America is “Better Off Now Than When I Came Into Office” by The Elephant's Child

How about government racketeering? The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Act specifically prohibited the agency from regulating auto dealers which the agency desperately wants to do because — racism. So the agency has gone after the wholesale finance  providers instead. These bulk lenders quote dealers an interest rate that dealers, “mark up” within fixed parameters when negotiating with car buyers.

The CFPB does not allege real bias against anyone, it alleges “disparate impact.” But the government doesn’t know the race or gender of car buyers. Dealers are forbidden to collect this information. Instead the CFPB relies on the “Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding method” to classify individuals by ethnicity based on their last name, census tract and zip code. The CFPB admits that the method overstates  the African-Americans in the group by 20%. A private study suggests it’s more like 40%. But when pursuing racism to allege, the CFPB will leave no possibility unincluded.

The Bayesian method doesn’t identify skill in bargaining any more than it accurately identifies race and gender, but they charge ahead relentlessly. Many white males got less advantageous terms than the white-male average, unless they were mistakenly identified as Black, Hispanic and/or Female. This is a disgrace.

At his year-end press conference, President Obama was asked about the state of black America at the end of 2014. (emphasis added)

Like the rest of America, black America in the aggregate is better off now than it was when I came into office. The jobs that have been created, the people who’ve gotten health insurance, the housing equity that’s been recovered, the 401 pensions that have been recovered: a lot of those folks are African-Americans. They’re better off than they were.

The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we’ve got more work to do on that front.

I’ve been consistent in saying that, you know, this is a legacy of a troubled racial past, Jim Crow and slavery. That’s not an excuse for black folks, and I think the overall majority of good black people understand it’s not an excuse.

Growing numbers of black Americans aren’t so sure. Unemployment remains high. Ferguson, and Staten Island, empowered by agitators from international A.N.S.W.E.R., Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and the President himself put on a spectacle of riots completely unrelated to the facts in either case.

Well, Obama will fix that. He has signed an executive order creating the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” as “part of the administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.” The list of appointees for the Task Force is not encouraging, nor is the deliberate misunderstanding of facts of the riots and their cause.

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“Can’t Stop the Cavalry” by The Elephant's Child

I’m a sucker for tuba music. This song comes in many versions, this one was made seven years ago for the troops.



Merry Christmas from the United States Air Force by The Elephant's Child

Last December, the United States Air Force Band did a surprise performance at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. I loved this one. Enlarge to full screen, you’ll enjoy it. I’ve never been flash-mobbed, but the people who are there clearly love it.



Sometimes a Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words. by The Elephant's Child

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: A Few Questions. by The Elephant's Child
November 29, 2014, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Entertainment, Freedom, Humor | Tags: , ,

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The White House menu for Thanksgiving dinner was published. The usual roast turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing (to each his own), and macaroni and cheese?  Is this a common side dish? Macaroni and cheese to me was always a budget dinner, but nothing special.

Cornbread stuffing seems to be a Southern specialty. Had it once, didn’t like it.

They also had six kinds of pie. Six!

Different strokes for different folks.

The New York Times published a list of the “Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State.” The recipes are included, and it is fascinating to see the regional differences. Many look and sound delicious, and many sound just weird. Frog Eye Salad seems to be a favorite among Mormons. You have Dirt Pudding, Hot Brown, Ooey Gooey Bars, Pernil, and Cherry Yum Yum. Great fun and some of them really sound good.

 




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