American Elephants

Here’s a Video to Make Your Day: Adorable by The Elephant's Child
January 11, 2013, 1:46 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Heartwarming, YouTube | Tags: , ,

(h/t: Guy Benson at Hot Air)

Did You Ever Wonder How They Harvest Cranberries? by The Elephant's Child
November 14, 2012, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Heartwarming, YouTube | Tags: , ,

I never knew how this was done. I knew there were bogs, but never saw one. We grow a lot of cranberries here is Washington state too. Are cranberries native to America? Turkeys are. I believe Ben Franklin famously wanted to make the turkey our national bird, but the bald eagle won.

I love learning how the things that end up in my house, whether groceries or other stuff, is grown or made.  Thanksgiving is nearly here. Buy extra cranberries and put them in the freezer.


 2 cups fresh cranberries
1 large orange
¾ cup sugar, or to taste
Peel orange, save peel. Remove seeds and as much of
the white pith as you can. Put cranberries, orange and peel
through food processor or coarse meat grinder,
mix well and refrigerate.

There Are Some Controversies You Just Don’t Want To Stir Up by The Elephant's Child

Let’s review. During the debate last week, when asked what he planned to cut to help balance the budget, Gov. Romney responded by saying “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things.  I like PBS, I love Big Bird.”

But I’m not, he added, going to borrow money from China to subsidize Big Bird.

Everybody loves Big Bird, children love Sesame Street, Moms love Sesame Street, so of course the Obama campaign leaped to the defense of Big Bird. Lesson for Obama campaign: it always pays to do your homework.

In this case the facts lead to headlines like “Big Bird makes more money than Mitt Romney, but is still on the government dole.”

•The Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives about $450 million from Congress each year.
•About $280 million goes to PBS and the local stations.
•Federal funding makes up about 12 percent of the PBS budget.

The facts that a little homework might turn up, that the media never reveals:

Shows like Sesame Street are multimillion dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market.  According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.

The Republican National Committee points out that in the last few days, Obama has mentioned Big Bird eight times, and Elmo five — and Libya not at all. So the always on top of everything Obama campaign quickly turned out this ad:

There is something deeply revealing about Obama’s blithe willingness to portray Wall Street as an enemy. Wall Street is key to American prosperity —even to American greatness.  Lots of important and impressive Americans have had careers on Wall Street. What Wall Street does is important. Wall Street matters, The Weekly Standard said. The Washington Examiner said “With the Big Bird ad, Obama plays the small politics he once denounced.”

At InstaPundit, a reader comments “Lost by Obama: Wall Street, Main Street and now Sesame Street.

Another reader emailed “Today’s Obama for President commercial was brought to you by the number ‘1.1 trillion‘ and the word ‘deficit‘.”

The Sesame Workshop has sent a cease and desist request to Team Obama:

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

Jeff Emanuel comments: “nothing says “I’ve completely lost control of this narrative” like embracing …a seven-foot-tall yellow feathered multi-millionaire.”

ADDENDUM: Sesame Street received a grant of $1.067,532 in stimulus funds in August 2010, from the Department of Health and Human Services.  The funding was to promote healthy eating, according to the federal website. “Sesame Workshop will carry out an expansion of its highly successful ‘Healthy Habits for Life’ initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity targeting low-income preschool-aged children and their families and care providers.”

The project created 1.47 new jobs, the website reported, which works out to $726,000 per new job created, which seems to be in line with the rest of the stimulus bill. Kathleen Sebelius has a lot to answer for, aside from violating the Hatch Act.

Imagine There’s No YouTube by The Elephant's Child

So the President contacted Google and tried to get the YouTube video that supposedly offended Muslims removed? And they want the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision overturned because corporations shouldn’t have a voice in elections, though it’s fine for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). There seems to be something about the idea of free speech that they don’t quite get.

Oh Dear! The Kids Are Rebelling! by The Elephant's Child

The kids are revolting. The new school lunch program is not pleasing the students. The government is dictating not only the choice of foods, many that kids are not used to, but limiting the calories to an extent that many kids simply don’t get enough to eat — athletes in particular. In New Bedford, MA  humus and black bean salad are a tough sell.  Students have already created a black market— for chocolate syrup, which they are selling by the squeeze.

‘Unexpectedly’ at least one government official tried to put the blame on the kids.

One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they’re still hungry is that many children aren’t used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it’s a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it’s that they are not eating all the food that’s being offered,” USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.

Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.

In Kansas, students and teachers got together to create a YouTube parody.

An English teacher at Wallace County High School wrote the parody after a colleague posted a photo of her school lunch on Facebook.

The lunch included one cheese-stuffed bread stick, a small dollop of marinara sauce, three apple slices and some raw spinach. The teacher supplemented the lunch with items from a salad bar, including cubes of ham, bacon bits and dressing, which were available only to teachers.

“I asked why the sauce had no meat and was informed that due to the breadsticks containing cheese, the meat would put us over the guideline for protein. …the ‘cheese’ inside the breadstick is approximately three bites. This is ridiculous.”

Students in Pennsylvania have organized brown-bag protests. Representatives King and Huelskamp have introduced a bill to repeal the calorie requirements approved by Congress in 2010.The rules require students to take servings of a fruit or vegetable regardless of whether they plan to eat it or not.

In Wichita, schools cut down on waste by setting up “share tables” where students can leave items like bananas , oranges or packaged foods they don’t want.

I can distinctly remember a time in parochial school when someone’s job was to distract the nun seated at the table, while the rest of us scraped the dreaded tomato aspic into napkins on our laps, to go into the garbage. I suspect the nun was not fooled, but hated the aspic as much as the rest of us.

Typical Big Government approach. Great effort and publicity expended on giving kids food they hate and filling up the trash cans.

Redistribution Doesn’t Work. by The Elephant's Child

This particular video is causing some outrage among the media wing of the Obama Campaign. “What’s the matter with redistribution” they ask plaintively? Redistribution is a good thing. How do you promote equality without redistributing wealth? Doesn’t the Constitution say that all men are supposed to be equal? Well, no it doesn’t. The Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal. What that promises is — equality of opportunity and equality before the law.

The Declaration is one of our founding documents, but “redistribution” is not in the Constitution or the Declaration.

The Left is always deeply concerned that some people are very wealthy while others are poor. It’s Not Fair they wail. Liberals are so concerned about the poor that that they are anxious to give them other people’s money. All that talk, which is particularly loud during campaign season, about classes, about the poor, about the 99 percent, about “the rich,”is designed to divide people into voting groups, promote envy, and win votes.

Liberals want to take money away from the wealthy and give it to the poor and permanently get the gratitude and votes of the poor. Much is made of the gap between the poorest and the wealthiest,with disdain and cries of it isn’t fair ringing over every dollar. Special enmity is reserved for anyone making big money on Wall Street or for Corporate CEOs. Oddly, no such disdain focuses on members of Congress who double dip, by after securing their retirement serve on multiple boards of directors or head foundations. Or, for that matter, members of Congress who unexpectedly manage to become multimillionaires on a bureaucrat’s salary.

The United States of America already has the most redistributive tax system in the world.

Liberals always want to move the poor into the middle class by giving the trappings of the middle class. You cannot take enough money away from the rich to give everyone a middle class life. There are those who need help, and that’s why we try to provide a safety net, and have done a pretty good job of it.

A few years back, Liberals decided to really go after the wealthy, and slapped on a luxury tax. It bit especially hard on yachts — big sailboats and motor cruisers. The wealthy just bought their boats in Bermuda, and the boat building industry was decimated, with job losses in the thousands.  States raise income taxes and property taxes on their wealthiest citizens, and the wealthy pack their bags and move to a more welcoming state. The housing that Liberals build for the poor, meant to move them into the middle class, turns into slums; and contractors get rich while doing shoddy work.

If you want to move the poor (who are only the bottom 20% of the income pie) into the middle class, you need to provide a growing economy that offers good jobs. A growing economy has great  mobility. Those who started out poor grow rich or at least richer, and some of the rich grow poorer. That has always been the nature of the American economy.

Most people would much rather have a decent job and be able to care for themselves and their families. Frightened people may depend more on government handouts. Encouraging dependence is not only unfair, but evil.

And about the notion of equality, go watch on YouTube:

2081 Universal Absurdity

A short film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal.

The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks, and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains.  It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.

Thanks for the drinks, we really must do this again sometime… by American Elephant
July 31, 2012, 10:49 pm
Filed under: YouTube | Tags: ,

[h/t AmericanDigest]


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