American Elephants

The Ruling Class, Hard at Work. by The Elephant's Child
January 15, 2021, 9:36 pm
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What a mess the Ruling Class is getting us all into. Democrats, who have loathed President Donald Trump ever since he defeated Hillary, and probably before that, are trying to impeach him again and again, so he will never come back to haunt them. Hillary was going to be their first woman president. Democrats attach great importance to “firsts”, I don’t know why. She would have been a dreadful president. Compulsive liar, drinks too much, killed all her people in Benghazi. Other than that…

So they had a big impeachment vote, except the horrible charges they were impeaching him for were all phony. Trump invited his supporters to come to DC and march down Pennsylvania Avenue with him to protest the stolen election. The riots and invasion of the Capitol Building were apparently spawned on Twitter and Facebook by unidentified groups looking to cause trouble. Trump didn’t say anything to encourage a Capitol invasion, but encouraged peaceful good behavior. The timeline also does not fit. Some had already broken in to the Capitol building before Trump spoke.

The Democrats have tried to attach racism to the Capitol breach, but there was no racism involved whatsoever. “Racism” is just the current “badness” to be attached to anything or anyone out of favor. You can’t have people urging Joe Biden to continue Trump’s “Opportunity Zones” and at the same time try to accuse Trump or racism. Doesn’t work. The Opportunity Zones worked and put lots of unemployed blacks to work. Charter schools, fiercely opposed by teachers’ unions, have meant greater achievement for black kids, in many cases bringing them up to the level of wealthy neighborhoods.

Democrats are very big on racism and gender currently. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a big deal of eliminating gender designations from the formal actions of the House of Representatives. Not going to have language that includes words that are exclusively feminine, particularly when Joe Biden is pushing for gender-neutral bathrooms in our nation’s schools. I suspect a lot of mothers would have some ideas about that.

But Nancy Pelosi apparently forgot her gender designation elimination when she got up to impeach President Trump once again. She said, (and this is not an exact quote) ” I come before you as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter”, as she pointed out that her father had once served in the house. I just thought it was funny.

Way too much trying to make everything about racial prejudice, eliminating anything associated with the South, including Abraham Lincoln and military bases named after Confederate generals. You cannot change the past to fit today’s approved notions. We don’t have to refight the Civil War. A Confederate flag is a historical remnant of that time and not a call for a new battle. History is what happened in the past. Can’t change it now. Hopefully, we will regard history correctly as a record of what happened in the past, become familiar with it and learn from it.

I have a book recommendation for you: by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2021, 10:47 pm
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Here’s a book you will enjoy: The Ruling Class by Angelo M. Codevilla. Tells you what we are dealing with, and what we can , maybe, do about it.
Not expensive at all, only $12.50 at Amazon.

The subtitle reads :”How they corrupted America and What we can do about it.” Introduction by Rush Limbaugh. It seems to fit our contemporary problems quite well, and you will enjoy it.’ I have.

From the back cover: “In this profound and incisive work Angelo M. Codevilla introduces the Ruling Class, the group of bipartisan political elites who run America. The Ruling Class, educated at prestigious universities and convinced of its own superiority, benefits by raising taxes and expanding the reach of government. This class maintains that it knows what is best for regular Americans and continues to increase its power over every facet of American life. from family and marriage to the environment, guns and God.

It has become increasingly apparent that this Ruling Class does not represent the interests of most Americans, who value self-rule and the freedom on whose promise America was founded. Now, millions are reasserting our right to obey the Constitution not the Ruling Class, joining Independents, Republicans and Democrats into the Country Class, which embodies the ideas and habits that made America great.

Angelo Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He was educated at Rutgers, Notre Dame, and the Claremont graduate university. He served in the U.S. Navy, the U. S. Foreign Service, and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He taught philosophy at Georgetown, classified intelligence matters at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He was at Stanford’s Hoover Institution for a decade and wrote books on war, intelligence, and the character of nations.

There you go. That’s my best sales pitch.

Impeachment, Impeachment, Impeachment. by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2021, 12:40 am
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John Hinderaker of Powerline summed it up the best: “Not the most evil political act of my lifetime…but perhaps the dumbest. Impeachment, that is. It is fitting in a weird way, that the Democrats talked about impeaching President Trump before he was inaugurated, and now have actually impeached him for the second time when he is about to leave office. and the impeachment can have no practical effect. Neither in 2016 nor today did impeachment relate to anything other than the irrational, visceral hatred that Democrats have for Donald Trump. “

Unfortunately for the Democrats, this fact is obvious to all. They think they are riding high, but I don’t think events will play out as they expect. To begin with, impeachment is unpopular, (he cites some numbers)

60% of all voters said it is “another waste of time and money”
23% prefer impeaching President Trump.
77% percent said Congress should work on the coronavirus response instead.
74% said impeachment is “politically motivated to prevent the president from running again.”
65% said Biden and Pelosi are “keeping the country divided.”

For the last four years the Democratic Party has defined itself by its crazed hatred for Donald Trump. They can’t pass up this last opportunity. The ten Republicans who pointlessly voted for impeachment deserve to be booted in the 2022 primaries.

Back at the site of the Capitol Building, timelines prove that President Trump could not have urged the riots when they claimed he did. The riots started before he said anything. Interestingly, some of the planning for the riots apparently took place on Twitter. Twitter’s stock suffered a debacle after their involvement in banning the President of the United States from Twitter permanently. Public opinion would not seem to be with them.

I expect that some legal restraints will eventually rein-in the partisanship of Big Tech. They do not come out of this well, and the American people are very protective of their Constitutional right to freedom of speech. Let’s add that they don’t think much of the “fact-checkers” either. They don’t seem to know enough for their glorified roles.

Blocking and Banishing and Getting Along. by The Elephant's Child
January 13, 2021, 7:41 pm
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Representative Devin Nunes during a Sunday morning interview with host Maria Bartiromo said that there should be a racketeering investigation regarding the moves by the big tech companies against the social media platform Parler. I suspect a lot of people agree with him.

I think Big Tech has assumed that they are too important to be interfered with, and can make their public policy preferences the rule. Sorry, one thing the American people are firmly on the side of is their Constitutional right to Freedom of Speech. You want to get a large number of Americans really annoyed, start trying to interfere with their freedom to speak their minds.

Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube are primary violators. They assumed that they could just banish anyone who did not agree with their progressive preferences. And of course they started out with the President of the United States, who is, admittedly a little rough speaking. I don’t think there has ever been a president who has been so constantly and viciously attacked for four long years. He responds.

I don’t blame him, but others do. I have known many people who cannot seem to keep the “swear words” out of their conversation. I have known people who can’t keep their politics out of their conversation, and so on. You probably have too.

Immigration and Climate, Oh My. by The Elephant's Child
January 13, 2021, 5:57 pm
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President-Elect Joe Biden said he will ensure there is a “thorough investigation” by the Justice Department into officials of President Donald Trump’s administration who crafted and carried out the “Zero Tolerance” policy at the United States-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration.

During a press conference on January 8, Biden committed to having the Justice Department open an investigation into Trump officials who carried out the Zero Tolerance policy through which adult border-crossers entered separate custody from the children they arrived at the southern border with.

This is remarkably odd. This program was started under the Obama administration, because children were being trafficked from Central American countries with adults who were not their parents, and sold into sexual slavery. Sometimes they were said to belong to relatives already in the U.S. but that proved not to be true. The program was designed to save the kids. Democrats loved the visuals of “children in cages”. You may remember AOC’s trip to the border where she was photographed clinging to a chain link fence and weeping, presumably over the mistreated children, but what turned out to be an empty parking lot. Obama even had his picture printed inside the new sneakers the kids got so they would know who gave them their first sneakers. The entire program was designed to protect the children. Sorry, the Border Patrol people are doing a hard and thankless job, most of them are parents, and not given to abusing children.

The Democrats want lots of illegal aliens admitted, apparently not just for cheap yard care. They expect them to be Democrat voters grateful to those who let them in. Mr. Biden apparently thinks he has powerful issues here to influence voters, but he’s telling false stories. Children are separated from illegals who are using them to get across the border, who are not their real parents, and the children are separated for their own welfare. Democrats also seem not to have noticed that President Trump has wide support among Hispanics.

Mr. Biden is also attempting to make a big deal of a non-existent climate crisis. There is NO climate crisis, it is an effort to eliminate capitalism, as Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the IPCC, admitted at a press conference in 2015. The climate is just fine, but some countries despise America’s free market capitalism, which has made the United States free, prosperous, and powerful. Nobody is keeping them from trying a bit of free market capitalism, in fact, we encourage it, but the ruling classes are loath to give up any of their power. Mr. Biden does not seem to do his homework, nor know what he is talking about. Do read the whole article.

Invading the Nation’s Capitol Building Just Went Too Far! by The Elephant's Child
January 12, 2021, 6:02 pm
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We are apt to talk a lot about other people, especially those who disagree with us, being poorly informed. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they are poorly informed, but it’s human nature to assume that you know more than they do. And it’s true. Some people don’t keep up with the news, nor know history, nor worry about what is going on. Those who have been paying attention over the last week have been astonished and dismayed to learn that President Donald Trump, in his concern over a fraudulent election, urged a riotist bunch of his supporters to invade the Capitol building and destroy stuff in their outrage.

Democrats, who have never let up in their attacks on Donald Trump since he first walked down that escalator, were really really outraged. Sedition, Traitorous, unbalanced, even mentally ill. Everybody chimed in. The attack on the nation’s Capitol Building was unacceptable, and just went way too far.

Uh huh. Nancy Pelosi, always ready to overreach a bit, called on the Joint Chief’s of Staff to remove Trump’s access to the keys to the nation’s nuclear weapons. I wondered if she thought Trump was going to drop a nuke on the House chamber. Major overreach or grasping at straws? Significant numbers of those who do pay attention wondered just what it was that President Trump said to his protesting supporters to get them to riot and attack the Capitol building. Even though riots and protests are becoming almost daily events, and becoming common, we still don’t like nor approve of riots. So there were a lot of people examining the records of what happened and who said what and when. Turns out Donald Trump suggested that those who were upset over the stolen election should come and march down Pennsylvania Avenue in protest. My Gawd! Sedition indeed. Exactly who stirred up the crowd and got them attacking the federal buildings remains unknown. It was said there were some Antifa people in the crowd, but who knows? Sorry to disappoint, but marching down Pennsylvania avenue is perfectly legal.

Democrats will never admit it, but they have noticed that President Trump has a lot of followers and is quite popular with them. His followers believe he has done a great job for the country. Well, Can’t have that!

Trump has promised an orderly transition, but he’s so crazy, who knows what he might do. More likely, they recognize that he is actually highly popular and might come back in 2024 and get re-elected and that would be a catastrophe. I’m not sure how confident they are in Joe Biden. Biden does make those awful speech gaffes. In any case, if they can impeach Donald Trump, then he cannot come back, because an impeached president cannot hold the office again. That’s what it’s all about. They are scared to death of him and his popularity, and his success in getting the economy going, and his successful warp-speed virus protection.

They would like to scare everybody off from getting the virus shots, but recognize that might be cutting off their own noses to spite their faces, and they don’t want to get Covid either. Kamala Harris’s husband has been heard saying that he’s going to be married to the President of the United States, so they aren’t expecting Biden to get through four years either.

It’s going to be interesting to see how all this plays out. I’m sure the Democrats will pursue impeachment, Not sure they will get away with it. Hard to do a coup when everybody is watching closely.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” by The Elephant's Child
January 11, 2021, 1:59 am
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Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

What a strange time. Everybody is upset, speech is censored, picked apart, banned,. and nobody seems to remember the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. It states simply:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Of course everyone would immediately jump on “peaceably to assemble” rather than “the freedom of speech” part. We  have had a pretty steady diet of protests and riots, especially since the death of George Floyd, who did not, as protesters believed, die of police brutality, but from a significant overdose of fentanyl, enough the autopsy said, to have killed him several times over. That unleashed vast demands all over the country to “defund the police” but then the death toll in cities where police were restrained increased dramatically.

Statues have been defiled and torn down, anything named for anyone who had anything to do with the Confederacy, military bases named for Civil War generals, have had their names changed. The Civil War ended 155 years ago, so we need to refight it currently? Then there was the big New York Times accusation that Slavery was brought to the United States in 1619 and has been a blight on our country ever since, but that turned out to not be true either. We seem to have a larger problem with unfamiliarity with history, which reflects rather harshly on our school systems.

There is a current vogue for “fact-checkers” though no one seems able to quantify what qualifies someone to be a “fact-checker” and most of them seem not to know what they are talking about anyway. The problem is Big Tech’s promotion of websites where people can express their opinions and share them with like-minded friends, except it didn’t work out that way, and anyone expressing an unpopular opinion had to be banned and it went on from there to the point where unpopular opinions must be banned and the websites that allow it must be banned, and the people who open their mouths publicly must also be banned. 

There have been riots and demonstrations in most major cities, some from communist activists like Antifa and some from looters hoping to get a newer computer, and some who just thought rioting was great fun. Businesses have been destroyed, closed down, and most governments at every level have seen it as their job to restore order, control the Covid epidemic, and shut everything down. Locked-down people are getting restless and and governments are stepping in to keep them in, with varying degrees of success. The pandemic rages on. The Presidential pandemic advisor announces that he’s just been operating with guesswork anyway.

There is an important election as the President’s first term comes to a close. Probably no president has ever been so consistently attacked and demonized on a daily basis, from the initial attacks for “Russian collusion”. Why is anyone surprised that he resents it, when he is trying to make America great again, and to a significant extent succeeding? Economy growing, employment up, taxes down, regulation down. The election, and questionable votes all over the place. Way too much mail-in voting, lots of dead people voting, my favorite that I read about was a gentleman born in 1824. That should have raise a few red flags in a hurry. Reports of clear voter fraud.  Reports of Big Tech interference and influence. Rumor. Innuendo. A few articles plaintively ask “Where did Trump tell anyone to storm the capitol?” and “Exactly where and how did Trump incite the mob?”

Twitter has “permanently” banned Trump’s personal account, but doesn’t dare ban the account of the President of the United States. Parler, which is a conversation website like Twitter, has been put out of business by its web hosts. The media has forgotten anything they learned about scruples or honor in journalism school, and no longer can be trusted for any honest information. And breaking into the capitol has not occurred since, well, the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s a video of protesters trying to break into the Supreme Court to protest the seating of Justice Kavanaugh.

Most of the blather going on is nonsense. Trump Derangement Syndrome. It’s sad when so many ill-informed Americans decide that demonstrating and protesting is more important than studying-up and learning about what is really involved. But then I am not the demonstration type. Never been to one, nor had any desire to do so. I do write some pointed letters to those with whom I am particularly displeased, or even to those with whom I agree. Sometimes I even get answers.

It’s becoming clear that we need some restraints on Big Tech. The Cato Institute has pocket copies of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence for sale, inexpensively, and also available at Amazon. Good gifts. As are good history books. More information is the solution, but people have to want to become informed.


Enough With the Outrage! by The Elephant's Child
January 9, 2021, 10:18 pm
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Democrats have worked hard to portray the riot and invasion of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. as caused exclusively by President Donald Trump’s outrageous ideas about a “stolen” election, and encouraging his supporters to riot and invade the Capitol.

In case the Democrats haven’t noticed, there have been major riots, looting, business destruction all over the country since George Floyd’s death in May of 2020, in most major cities. Portland’s beleaguered mayor has finally surrendered and asked for the National Guard to come in and save him from Antifa. Calls for defunding the police have dropped off somewhat as killings have increased, but really grasping cause and effect seems beyond the media’s powers. It’s much easier to just report what some minor celebrity said.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is right out in front, trying to raise outrage and, if possible, destroy the president. Ever since her outrageous demonstration in the house of tearing up her copy of the President of the United State’s State of the Union address on live television, she’s been looking for a chance to impeach him, or censor him or destroy him, without much success. He has done a remarkably good job for the economy, for business, for the environment, and for peace in the Middle East by opening embassies in Israel. Talking over relations is much better than fighting, and the Israelis are grateful.

Joe Biden’s plans, as they gradually appear, are terrifying. He believes firmly in a nonexistent climate crisis, and will put the economy in recession by banning fossil fuels needlessly, promoting electric cars, for which there isn’t enough electricity, promoting windmills and solar arrays that cannot produce the energy needed by a modern industrial society, at enormous crippling cost. It has been far warmer in the past to no ill effect, and there is no evidence that climate change is a big deal, except to autistic Swedish children.

Biden wants to eliminate charter schools (teachers’ unions don’t like them) which have young black kids matching the accomplishments of some of the most exclusive school districts. He wants to go after the gun companies so guns can no longer be manufactured. He doesn’t think anyone should have one. And he is using the language of “The Great Reset” which is absolutely terrifying. “Build Back Better” is the key phrase. If you are unsure of what The Great Reset is, enter those words in the blank over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar.

The problem with President Trump is that he might come back in 2024, and an Impeached president cannot run again. They have to prepare for the future. Now Nancy Pelosi has had the brilliant idea of trying to remove Trump’s ability to control access to the nuclear codes, apparently because she is afraid he might drop a nuke on the House chamber? Who knows? That one even confuses the legal scholars. Anything to strike terror into the hearts of susceptible Democrats, I guess. They not only have to destroy President Trump, his ideas, his supporters, and any remaining program so it does not reappear. They have been seriously terrified at his success over the last four years, and over their inability to get rid of him.

John Hinderaker has a nice overview at Powerline, which you might enjoy. You might notice that I even borrowed a bit of their headline.

What especially annoys me, is that Nancy Pelosi, who has a net worth of something over $40 million and a salary as Speaker of $223,500. tacked in her use of her “own” military plane to transport her home and wherever she needs to go on the taxpayer’s account instead of paying it herself, so she doesn’t have to mix with the common folk at airports. That seems a bit crass.

Let’s Talk About the Difference Between Republican Government and Democrat Government by The Elephant's Child
January 5, 2021, 5:20 pm
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. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The important purpose of winning an election for Democrats is to win control. Control of the government? What do they have in mind that is so different than what Republicans want? Of course both parties want control, but Democrats want control of the purse strings. They want to funnel taxpayer money to causes that will support Democrat aims, which is mostly more control. Republicans, on the other hand, want more freedom. What Republicans have in mind is usually removing regulations, removing the heavy hand of government so the American people will have more freedom to grow and prosper. Free people will invent new businesses, get rich, and the economy will blossom. Democrats basically regard “the Rich” as the enemy, and want to take their wealth away to give to the less fortunate. AOC just made up a bunch of tee shirts which she is selling for I think it was $58 each, that say “Tax the Rich”. Democrats admire her for being outspoken and for “the squad” who also try to be outspoken. Republicans are generally amused by her ignorance.

In the old country (mostly England, but Europe too) young people were stuck in their family’s class. If The family raised sheep, or cabbages, their offspring could expect to raise sheep or cabbages, rather than hold office or enter a profession. There was a reason why so many were willing to cross a vast ocean to populate a new world. Class was important, and you didn’t get to step out of it. The miracle of America was the opportunity to rise, to be what you were willing to work hard to become.

Democrats, consumed with their right to be in control, expect to improve society by taxing away more of the money of the rich and giving it to the poor to improve their lot. It is not just taxes, of course, but regulations. To quote The Hill today, “president -elect Joe Biden is building a team of seasoned government professionals who can help him embark on an aggressive regulatory agenda once he takes office. “

Biden has already drawn in experts with deep government and regulatory backgrounds to head some of his agencies. Many of those who will serve in his White House or Broader administration have worked in multiple previous administrations. You thought it was all about Trump’s tweets, didn’t you?

“They will have a heavy workload. Under the Trump administration, various departments have rolled back a suite of environmental laws, set up barriers to immigration and weakened a host of discrimination protections at various agencies. “

“Democrats are pushing Biden to waste no time in beginning a regulatory process that can take years. Seton Motley, writing at Red State, wondered if anyone had considered that what he wants to do Constitutionally requires preceding legislation from the Legislative Branch. He added:

Speaking of Trump’s agenda:

The Trump Transition: Away from Enormous, Terrible, Top-Down Government
Trump Cuts 22 Regs for Every New One
Donald Trump Celebrates Record Success in Cutting Regulations

Oddly enough, enormous terrible top down government does not grow an economy nor help the people to prosper. Ten Reasons Trump Economy Is Best in Fifty Years

They are Trying to Change Our History to Serve Their Own Purposes. by The Elephant's Child
January 5, 2021, 12:07 am
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“The 1619 Project” published in the New York Times purported to demonstrate that Slavery arrived in America in 1619, even before the Pilgrims, and to prove in this super-sensitive age just how dreadfully awful we Americans are, once again. Interestingly, it’s the folks in history that were dreadfully awful which excuses us. That turned out to be pure bunk, but ever since George Floyd died while being restrained by police, racism is a hot button. His death, which may have been attributed to a Fentanyl overdose, rather than to police restraint, ignited the “Black Lives Matter” movement., which in turn has lead to statue toppling, riots and demonstrations, and the whole “woke” thing. Boston just removed a statue of Abraham Lincoln who fought and won a war over freeing the slaves, apparently because Lincoln wasn’t really “woke” enough.

The 1619 Project referred back to the first English settlers in the Chesapeake Bay part of Virginia, who were supposedly offered slaves to work their fields and thus introduced slavery into America. A quick dive into my history books claims that Portuguese traders sold a group of indentured servants (who unable to afford the cost of their transportation to America were “indentured” until they paid off the cost of their passage). Not quite the same thing as slavery. A great many early settlers came as “Indentured Servants” to pay off the cost of their travel. Some were laborers and some were even teachers. Attempting to associate it with slavery is incorrect, but convenient for those who always want to prove that slavery is a uniquely American fault.

Who would have thought a couple of years ago that we would be talking about being “woke”? Not exactly sure just what the definition of being “woke” is, but it’s something in the realm of being “super-sensitive.” A while back the New York Times drummed up “The 1619 Project” which supposedly described the arrival of slavery in the United States. I thought that was bunk, and I was correct. English colonists under Sir Walter Raleigh and Humphrey Gilbert arrived in the late 16th century to found a colony, settled later at Roanoke Island just off the present-day coast of North Carolina for the “Virginia Company”.

Some 100 Pilgrims arrived in New England on the Mayflower in September of 1620. That’s Myles Standish, William Brewster and Squanto. In this super-sensitive age we are required to examine our heritage for offense to the Native Americans, who were undoubtedly mistreated by the Pilgrims, because it is quite necessary to find fault with our forbears. If we hadn’t invaded the peaceful American continent, and mistreated all the natives, then who would we blame for what?

Here’s an interesting take on the Pilgrims from National Geographic. Try to imagine yourself on the vast Atlantic Ocean on a small sailing ship with your fellow religionists and their families, their household goods, and all their livestock, sailing into the unknown, hoping you would survive.

If you start, on the other hand, with the simple fact that human beings often have a hard time getting along (take note of any family you know) and we have made rules and laws and courts and Constitutions to help us get along, we’re really not doing too badly at all. Read some history, recognize the nature of being human, and mellow out. Life is not always easy, but full of disappointments and grief, as we grow up, we learn, to some extent, to manage.

They have made a reconstruction of the original Mayflower, that you can see if you are on the east coast near Boston, or you can even build a model, but imagining the reality of that original voyage into the unknown is something else entirely. Lots of information online, and lots of pictures. It will enrich your life a little to study up on that voyage, and see just where we have come from.

Today, the “woke” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has removed any words suggesting gender from official usage lest it offend or denigrate those who are attempting to change their gender. No more “mother, wife, woman, grandmother, female, etc.” lest it somehow offend. I would strongly suggest that you resist. This is just getting silly. But then if we are engaged in battles about general “wokeness” we won’t have time to object and fight lavish spending of taxpayer funds devoted to encouraging more illegal aliens to vote for Democrats and fighting a nonexistent climate crisis. Go figure.

Nancy Pelosi Has Been Reelected as Speaker of the House. by The Elephant's Child
January 3, 2021, 9:44 pm
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Nancy Pelosi is back in the news. She has been reelected as Speaker of the House, not without some strenuous objection, well-deserved. Silly stuff. She has attempted to eliminate anything “gender” from the basic rules, oh, like “mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt, ” that sort of thing, because it might offend the transgendered, and we are so extraordinarily sensitive to the teeny possibility that someone might take offense, that we must remove such temptations. Sheesh! At any rate Chuckie Schumer has announced his support for making the bathrooms in all American schools gender neutral as Joe Biden apparently desires. I suspect that millions of American mothers will have some objection to inviting the boys into the girls’ bathrooms, but I could be wrong.

I believe that transgenderism is a psychological problem rather than a physical problem. Granted, it is exceedingly difficult for those suffering from it, but mutilating the body does not solve anything, nor change anything. Some are able to successfully change their lives, some are not. Catering to the problem as if it is common and widely occurring is a mistake.

But back to Speaker Pelosi. Her home in San Francisco was attacked with paint, graffiti and a dead pig, supposedly by Antifa. Who knows?

She continues to carefully select silk scarves that match her clothing for the day as substitutes for coronavirus masks. The CDC has warned that silk scarves don’t work, and there is the prospect that some people out there might unfortunately imitate her use of scarves, but I suspect that most people are not apt to copy the House Speaker anyway.

How Do You Use the Internet? by The Elephant's Child
January 3, 2021, 7:50 pm
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I want to ask about how you use the internet. Particularly in the area of the news. If you have a computer and use it regularly, I assume that it has become your major source of news, or perhaps your only one. Have you discontinued your subscriptions to your local newspaper? How about magazines, have you cancelled your subscriptions as an unnecessary extra cost? Where do you go on the internet in your search for what is going on? How many news sources do you visit regularly, and are there some that you visit just occasionally?

That interests me because the situation out there is so fluid. The most obvious fact to me is that Google’s advertising on the internet is not bringing in the funds they thought would be forthcoming. There’s a limit to the number of tee shirts with cute sayings that will appeal. The first reaction was to separate some of the more titillating news off as a “plus” to be paid for separately, not necessarily as a subscription to the whole website. That apparently worked to some extent, so they are working at shifting to subscriptions entirely. I don’t know about you, but I normally visit about 20 different websites each day. (I’m retired, so I have more time than you do).

Paying for a subscription to 20 websites is not going to happen. So apparently we are returning to the way it used to be a lot of years ago. You will subscribe to a full-service website that substitutes for your big state newspaper as it used to be, and maybe a couple of more, and get your news from the radio? Different people have different budgets for such things, but it indicates a less-informed public, does it not?

Think about the historical progression of the news. Once we had “town criers”, news was carried from one community to another on horseback. No radios, telephones. The news was passed from one person to another,with about the accuracy you can imagine. It could have been days or weeks before you discovered who won the battle or what tremendous event happened and when. Remember the pony express, and carrying the news around the Horn on sailing ships. Granted, some days it seems as if having a little less news would be desirable. The “Media” has become an enormous operation consumed with partisanship. Everybody now probably has their own list of reporters never to be listened to. Journalism is no longer a widely respected occupation, is it?

My sense is that this is a really unfortunate development. How about you?

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