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Fear of a Vaccine or Fear of a Mandate? by The Elephant's Child
October 1, 2021, 6:22 pm
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The Biden government is trying to get everyone vaccinated, and making a bit of a mess of it. Joe Biden wants credit for the coronavirus vaccine. He had nothing to do with it, but he loathes Donald Trump and is unwilling to give his predecessor credit for anything. When the Covid virus first appeared in America, it was in a nursing home in the Seattle suburb just north of my house. President Trump quickly put a halt to flights from China or visitors from China, and started what became “Operation Warp Speed” to produce a cure or a vaccine for what appeared to be a dangerous disease.

What the Biden administration has done is to mandate vaccination in as many ways as they can think of. Americans don’t take kindly to “mandates”. They put “free people” pretty high on their list of what it means to be an American. What the Biden administration should have done, in my opinion, was a direct and concentrated effort to explain just what the Coronavirus epidemic is all about, why it is so dangerous, all that. It’s pretty clear from all the folks that are refusing to get vaccinated that they simply do not understand what it is all about.

A lot of people worldwide are dying from the contagion, and it’s not just the elderly though they are most vulnerable. Masks help, but are meant to protect others from you, not you from others. I was searching for somewhere to get vaccinated for months before I could find a source. For example, our local hospital was first vaccinating all of its donors, which is frustrating but probably just. They got together with another major hospital and had a big event with a cast of thousands at the Microsoft campus, where we got our vaccinations. Had family that drove many miles for an event elsewhere where they could get their shots. It was very complicated, and probably similar to other states and regions. And for those of us who struggled to find a place to get the vaccine, it is amazing to see all the people apparently frightened of getting a shot. That suggests to me that we need way better communication and explanation rather than ‘mandates’.

Boosters are available and recommended, but we don’t really know yet whether this will boil down to something like your annual flu shot, or whether the vaccination is either long-lasting or permanent. A more thorough understanding of what we know now about the disease, and what we don’t know yet, would help. Lots of publicity about the masked and the unmasked at special events, but what seems to be needed is more information. More explaining, less mandating.



Government Shutdown? Obviously the Republican’s Fault! by The Elephant's Child
October 1, 2021, 3:50 pm
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I quote John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog here because he nailed it!

  • It is a basic rule of politics that if there is a government shutdown, it is the Republicans’ fault. If a Republican president or governor vetoes Democratic spending bills and portions of the government are briefly shuttered, it is the Republicans’ fault. Conversely, if a Republican Congress or legislature passes spending bills that a Democratic president or governor vetoes because they are not large enough, it is also the Republicans’ fault.

Shortest, quickest reminder from me: “The federal government has no money of it own. Every cent they spend comes from the taxes they collect from you.”

So yes, you get to object, they work for you, not vice-versa. And get to feeling important because members of the press seek them out. One of the tricks they have settled upon is called “infrastructure”. That, theoretically, is going to repair American roads and bridges and fix other things that need fixing. This is usually nonsense, and does what they believe will help to get them returned to Congress next election. Be very suspicious of “infrastructure.”

They are arguing about the debt limit, and having to raise it so we do not default on our debts. Underlying that is all the money the administration is spending on opening up the borders and importing illegal immigrants to be ‘nice’, to be located in swing districts, because once made citizens and eligible to vote, they statistically are likely to vote Democrat. Well, we all do like to think of the United States as a compassionate, ‘nice’ country, so why not open the gates to whoever wants to come here, support them with taxpayer money, if it will lead to a permanent Democrat majority? We just admitted most of those Haitians that were camped under the ridge in Del Rio, Texas. Having some problems with the Afghan “refugees” who are free under Islamic Law to rape and sell little girls to old men and rape and beat women, who are otherwise of no use.

We have laws about how you come to this country to stay. You go to your nearest consulate or embassy, apply, and wait your turn to be admitted. Joe Biden wants more Democrat voters as soon as possible. He may well read his sinking approval ratings like the rest of us do.

Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has issued new “sanctuary country” orders protecting criminal illegal aliens from deportation, unless they pose a “current threat to public safety“. The orders give ICE agents lots of reasons why a criminal illegal alien should not be arrested and deported, like: advanced or tender age, lengthy presence in the U.S. , a mental condition that may have contributed to a criminal act, or a mental condition requiring care, or status as a victim of a crime, removal of a caregiver or provider, noncitizen eligible for “humanitarian protection”, public service of deportee or their family members, evidence of rehabilitation or long time since offense. In other words it’s hard to get kicked out, even for bad guys.

The agency’s previous orders had successfully freed into the U.S. criminal illegals accused and convicted of child sex crimes, armed robbery, drunk driving, burglary, cocaine trafficking, grand theft auto, heroin trafficking, credit card fraud, money laundering, and other crimes. The folks lobbying for just letting everybody in so we can feel good about ourselves for being “compassionate” have a lot to answer for.



Greta Thunberg is Back, Blaming Britain as a Climate Villain! by The Elephant's Child
September 30, 2021, 9:13 pm
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Greta Thunberg, Swedish autistic child climate activist, has branded the British government as one of the chief “climate villains” in the world although the United Kingdom only accounts for around one percent of the global carbon dioxide emissions. I’m sure you remember her journey to the United States on a sailboat, addressing and scolding the United Nations. Got tons of publicity and her portrait painted on the side of some building in San Francisco. The UK gets the blame for starting the Industrial Revolution.

I wonder if you or I could get to address the United Nations to tout our latest passion? She is 18 now, in high school, and just addressed the “Youth Climate Summit” in Milan. Profitable for her family, apparently.

Unfortunately, the climate of the earth is determined by the action of our sun, not Carbon dioxide. (CO2) is a natural plant food and makes crops grow, and the vegetation of the world as well. Even the Taliban in Afghanistan just admitted that they have had bountiful crops this year, in the midst of the Taliban war. Australia has also gone public with this year’s excellent crop yields.

The idea that CO2 was some sort of bad gas that was destroying the world seems to have originated in one of those big Davos conferences where all the rich and famous arrive in their airplanes and they decide what the world should be doing accompanied by lots of photographs and speeches and press conferences to tell the world what they expected of them

Christiana Figueres, who was General Secretary of the IPCC at the time of that Davos meeting, held a press conference to tell the gathered reporters that the purpose of the effort was to eliminate hated “Capitalism” from the face of the earth. That wasn’t what the press had in mind, so it didn’t get the publicity it might have, but it fits in well with the CO2 idea anyway.

That’s why we have Joe Biden destroying pipelines, putting oil field workers out of work, shutting down oil fields, and appointing people like John Kerry as their international Climate Czar. They are still trying to eliminate any sources of CO2. Cow excretions get a lot of blame, and the drive to get people to stop eating meat continues. Do you have fake meat in your grocery store yet? Ours is called “Beyond Meat”. I am not interested, but apparently they are pushing mealworms too, and the price of bacon is skyrocketing!

Do study up. They are trying to change the world under our feet for no real reason whatsoever. Visit Dr Roy Spencer.com. He and Dr. John Christy run the satellites that measure the temperature of the world for NASA. Go to Climate Depot.com for the latest news, studies and lists of prominent climate scientists, and wattsupwiththat.com. masterresource.com, or on any of those sites– links to many prominent Climate Scientists. Best book, is by Patrick Moore: Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom. Available at Amazon. Patrick Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and left that organization when they got more fascinated with being activists than in accomplishing anything, to get his PhD in Climate Science. The book is invaluable.



Just Not One of His Better Days! by The Elephant's Child
September 28, 2021, 9:39 pm
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From Issues & Insights.com:

President Joe Biden:
“I’m running to change the dynamic of how the economy grows” he said, “I’m tired of trickle-down. Trillionaires and billionaires are doing very very well.” The problem, of course is that there are no trillionaires. President Biden’s job is not to change the dynamic of how the economy grows. That’s not his job. He has no constitutional authority to meddle in private affairs.

The New York Post wrote today that President Biden owes up to $500,000 in back taxes.

Real Clear Politics notes that Joe Biden’s job approval rate (Gallup) is only 41%

As soon as Biden issued a ‘mandate’ for people to get vaccinated, the vaccination rates dropped. On Sept 2, almost 907,000 got a shot, on September 16, the rate dropped to 723,000 and has stayed at that level, with a plethora of commentary saying essentially “you can’t make me”.

On the economy, Biden repeatedly told the country that he was certain that his economic policies would lead the U.S. to prosperity. Inflation, he said, was a temporary artifact of his plan working.



Not everything is “racist” by The Elephant's Child
September 27, 2021, 4:06 pm
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Here’s an exchange reported by the press, that is unfortunately all too common. New York City: “One of the leaders of Black Lives Matter’s Greater New York chapter slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city’s vaccine mandate, explaining “the :mandate is racist and specifically targets black New Yorkers ” in a statement to Fox News.” https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/09/26/ny-blm-leader-de-blasios-vaccine-mandate-racist-specifically-targets-black-new-yorkers/

Well, yes, he probably is specifically targeting black New Yorkers because their rates of getting vaccinated are way too low, and he’s trying to save your lives and those of your parents and elderly relatives. This is a worldwide epidemic, and killing lots of people. The mayor doesn’t want you or your family and friends to contract Covid-19 and die from the disease. Unfortunately, a lot of people are dying from the disease, and undoubtedly because of silly attacks like yours, more people are not getting the vaccine which might save their lives.

I am sorry if you run into racist attacks or slights, Do try to give people the benefit of the doubt, and try to remember that what you might regard as a racist slight, might not be intended that way at all.



Destroying the Nation by Immigration by The Elephant's Child
September 24, 2021, 11:32 pm
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I’m beginning to think that we should just shut down the border completely for a month or two, or longer if necessary. Otherwise, tear-gas if necessary. There is a legal, orderly process by which one may come to the United States. It is not complicated. You go to your nearest U.S. consulate or embassy and apply. You wait your turn, and when you are given permission, you are able to come in. You can apply to become a citizen. You study up on the laws and rules and regulations and history, and when you have successfully passed the citizenship test, there is a ceremony where you swear your allegiance, and we celebrate your new citizenship. (That may not be completely accurate, but it is my understanding. )

Statistically, new immigrants are inclined to vote Democrat, which may be why we now have encounters at the border that are higher than the populations of eleven states (and Washington D.C.). I am really tired of all this blather about how we cannot call them “illegal aliens” but must call them “migrants” instead. And how we must be compassionate, and welcome the rest of the world in, to be nice.

Two of Biden’s Afghan Refugees who have been staying on an American military base since being evacuated from their home country are now facing federal charges for sex crimes during their stay at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Twenty year old Bahrullah Noori is charged with attempting a sex act with a minor and three other charges of sex with minors. 32 year old Mohammed Imaad is charged with domestic abuse after choking and suffocating his own wife on September 17th. That’s not a problem with Islam, but it surely is here.

We have just been through Joe Biden’s order to end the Border Patrol’s ability to ride horses on the long, long difficult border because it might look “mean.” Along with the illegal aliens, we are getting vast amounts of illegal drugs from the Mexican Drug Cartels, and the number of deaths from fentanyl overdoses in this country are outrageous. Eighty percent of the illegal border crossers claim “asylum” but would be denied on that claim.

Once somebody becomes a citizen, they get to bring in all their relatives as well. I welcome legal immigrants, but this is something quite different. “Brian Lonergan writes at “American Greatness: ” Those who grew up with Ronald Reagan’s ‘shining city on a hill” or John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier vision experienced leadership that sought the best for America and its citizenry. In those eras, politicians from both major parties seemed to prioritize the good of the country; they only disagreed on the means to get us there”.

“Beneath the surface of Biden’s genial Uncle Joe schtick is an executive branch controlled by some of the most dogmatic left-wing apparatchiks ever seen in American politics. Among their witch’s brew of radical ideas, they have seized upon immigration as one of the quickest and most effective ways to transform the country to their vision.”

Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott wrote to Congress: “The Biden administration’s team at DHS is laser-focused on expediting the flow of migrants into the U.S. and downplaying the significant vulnerability this creates for terrorists, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers, and even hostile nations to gain access to our homeland.”

All this was supposed to cement the Hispanic voters to the Democrat party, but it’s not working. A recent poll found that Biden’s support is dropping sharply among Hispanic voters in Texas. Turns out they don’t want an overcrowded, lawless and poverty stricken country either.




The Sending of Messages: by The Elephant's Child
September 21, 2021, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Politics

Book recommendation; invaluable: Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. The paperback is only $9.59 at Amazon. One for yourself and your kids, and buy an extra to send to your congressperson. I have images of hundreds of Economics books descending on members of Congress, and thinking what a powerful message that would send, especially to members messing around with dramatic dreams of infrastructure and careless raising of taxes and inflation. Yes, I know you probably wouldn’t buy one for your congressperson, but it’s fun to think of the effect of such a message.



James Buchanan Used to Be Considered the Worst U.S. President in History by The Elephant's Child
September 20, 2021, 7:00 pm
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15th U.S. President in American History from 1857 to 1861. Pennsylvania Democrat.

Fox News Headline: Biden Administration Doubles Refugee Admissions target to 125K. How about lowering it to zero for a six-month cooling off period? Or longer. I have not personally been affected in the slightest by Joe Biden’s opening the gates to whoever wants to turn up at the border, but I am alarmed. One hundred and twenty-five thousand illegal aliens who cannot be bothered to go through the normal process of applying to come to the United States, but just want to force their way across the border.

That act, in itself, suggests that these are not responsible people who will be a good addition to our country. That would seem to be fairly obvious. That is suggested by the need for ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which manages the illegal or undocumented inside the country.

In the wake of Covid, there has been concern about admitting illegals who have not been vaccinated or tested, and may have active cases of the disease. The White House has responded today to that concern. White House: “ILLEGAL ALIENS DO NOT NEED PROOF OF VACCINATION BECAUSE ‘NOT INTENDING TO STAY”. Oh, how simple. Why didn’t I think of that? How do we know they are not intending to stay?

Here is obviously the place to add a link to a piece from American Greatness by Victor Davis Hanson, called “The Afghanistization of America“.

Americans are increasingly getting anxious about the Biden administration. Confidence dropping, alarm increasing. Biden’s approval ratings keep dropping steadily, inflation increasing, taxes going up, as inflation starts becoming obvious at the grocery store, alarm will increase. The current inflation rate is 5.25% for the 12 months ending in August 2021. Democrats in Congress, being economically illiterate, are attempting to pass an enormous spending bill which will make everything worse. Mostly found under the rather fatuous title of “infrastructure”, which is Washington DC’s title for major overspending. The last round of major inflation was in the 1970s, and it was bad!

The federal government has NO MONEY OF ITS OWN. Every cent comes out of your pocketbook or wallet. Unfortunately they regard that as just another available resource. The ordinary congressperson makes $174,000 a year, The Speaker of the House makes $225,500. a year, and the majority and minority leaders make $193,400. You can just look it up. Do I sense a significant number of people suddenly considering whether or not they would like to be a congressperson?

That’s when the modern computer gets to be really fun. When you can simply look stuff up while sitting at home, if you only think to ask.

Buchanan was a Northern Democrat, yet regarded the Southern Democrats kindly. This was directly in the build-up to the Civil War, which leads to just why he was considered our worst.



Illegal Border Crossers, Del Rio, Texas by The Elephant's Child
September 19, 2021, 5:39 pm
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Joe Biden has certainly determined to alter the United States of America. He’s invited Central America to come. They are not refugees, but just want to earn more money than they can at home. We currently have some 14,000 refugees from Haiti camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Haiti was once a prosperous French colony, but now the poorest nation in the Carribean. Their President just got assassinated, so ther is apparently unrest. We are arranging flights back to Haiti for them.

Our state of Georgia is getting 1,000 Afghan “refugees” dumped on it. Washington State gets 1.7 thousand, California gets 6.3 thousand, if this chart of the Approved Number of Afghan Refugees by State is correct. This first group of Afghans is 37,000. Biden is dumping most of them in red states.

The Taliban commander told CNN that they believe they will one day have Islamic Law across the world. That’s what they are required to believe and work for. You might want to inquire a bit about Islamic Law. Not exactly what we are accustomed to. The 37,000 Afghans is supposedly just the first bunch. We have more in camps in other Asian countries where we have them waiting to come here, I guess. I did not vote for Joe Biden, but I certaily did not expect this from him, nor did others.

An excelent source for information is the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS.org), a Washington D.C. Think Tank dedicated to immigration.



Congress Is Up to Their Usual Tricks! by The Elephant's Child
September 19, 2021, 4:37 pm
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca) said today on WABC 770AM that Congress’s $1 trillion Infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion “reconciliation plan” would be the amount of money we spent to win World War II.”

“Infrastructure”, as I have said before, is just a cover for whatever spending the Democrats want to do. If you doubt that just call the offices of your Congressional representatives and ask just what specific”infrastructure” in your district is getting rebuilt or repaired and when and at what cost. See if you can get any specific answers, I strongly suspect you cannot. They probably do not even know if there is anything in your district that is in need.

President Biden promised that they wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone with income less than $400,000. Uh huh. It’s turning out to be at $30,000 where your taxes go up.

Inflation is already becoming obvious at places beyond the gas pump, where news stations regularly post pictures of “verified inflation” in the increased prices of gas. Of course in many cases that’s also intended to be a boost for electric cars, to solve the “climate crisis” in which they believe so fervently.

Again, there is no climate crisis. Our climate is controlled by the action of the sun. The CO2 emanating from auto exhausts, and cow excretions is a natural plant food, and countries like Australia and, yes, even Afghanistan, are reporting record crops due to the slight amount of increased plant food in the air.

Check out Amazon or your local book store for Patrick Moore’s Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom. Has photos of plant growth under situations of increased amounts of CO2 that clearly demonstrate the effects. Patrick Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and then, becoming skeptical of the organization, went back to grad school to get his PhD in Climate Science. The book is just 200 pages, and invaluable.



President Biden is in Danger of Being Hoist With His Own Petard! by The Elephant's Child
September 18, 2021, 2:48 pm
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There’s a wonderful old phrase: “Hoist with his own petard” which comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which means, essentially, “you did it to yourself, you fool”.

President Joe Biden is deep in that territory. He has implied with words and deeds that we welcome immigrants, legal or illegal, especially if they promise to become Democrat voters, once citizens and able to vote.

At present we have 14,000 illegal Haitian immigrants in a migrant camp under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, and are having to arrange transportation back to Haiti for them, lest more Haitians join them. Once a prosperous French colony, through a series of bad dictators and bad management, Haiti has become the poorest nation in the Carribean. Violence from Cartel members and cheaper smuggling rates seem to have prompted the current influx here.

Biden’s shortchanging Florida’s allotment of Covid Antibody treatment to punish Florida for being Republican and not agreeing with his policies may well come back to punish him if anyone dies from not being able to get the needed medicine. Not the kind of thing you play around with, denying needed medicine as a political punishment. Classic petard territory.



Biden is Playing Hardball With Covid Lifesaving Antibody Treatment. by The Elephant's Child

President Joe Biden managed to constrict the allotment of lifesaving antibody treatment needed by the State of Florida, giving the state about half of what is needed for a routine week, claiming “equitable distribution” apparently as a form of revenge against Republican governors (including Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana who he claimed were comprising too big a share of the supply , 70% in recent weeks.

Normally, the state needs about 72,000 doses a week to meet the needs, but the Feds sent only 30,950 doses.

“Some view Biden’s move as a form of revenge against Republican governors, as Biden vowed during his coronavirus speech this month to get governors who oppose his agenda “out of the way.”

“If they will not help, if those governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way,: Biden vowed. Well, what’s a few more dead people here and there.




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