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Mitch McConnell Accuses the Democrats of a “Smear Campaign” by The Elephant's Child

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats in no uncertain terms as investing in a despicable”smear campaign” of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and he spells it out, step by step. Democrats want to delay the process, but they do not have the votes. Mitch McConnell has warned them to tread softly or face the consequences.



Once Again, A Last Minute Ambush! by The Elephant's Child
September 19, 2018, 1:54 am
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Dianne Feinstein has been sitting on a claim from one Christine Blasey Ford PhD, a psychology instructor at Palo Alto University, which is a school of psychology and counseling in Palo Alto, that she was assaulted by Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a high school party 36 years ago, but she can’t remember where the party was, who was there, or just when it was. But supposedly 30 years later when she and her husband were in couples counseling, she remembered, but not very much. Dianne Feinstein could have raised the question of the accusation back in August, or several years ago, or at Kavanaugh’s earlier hearings, or in her private meeting with Kavanaugh, but surprisingly, she saved the accusation until after the Kavanaugh hearings and just before the actual vote. Uh Huh.

Democrats have pulled stunts like this twice before. (Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas) Their goal is control of the government and all its power. They do not want a Supreme Court which they do not control. They don’t like the Constitution that hampers their actions. The Constitution is a control on the government and limits what the government can do. Democrats want a Constitution that is a control on the people and limits what the people can do.

Now the accuser has announced that she is not prepared to testify on Monday, and “can’t focus on having a hearing” after receiving “death threats” and “harassment” in recent days. She wants to testify after a FBI investigation is held, and her lawyers wrote that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.” Uh huh.

“We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr, Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security,” the letter continued. Well, an investigation might turn up the simple facts that she doesn’t seem to remember, like what year it was, where the party was, who was at the party, how she got home from being assaulted at the party. Women who have suffered an attack and gang rape say that every slightest detail of the attack and surroundings, everything is crystal clear years afterwards, painfully.

Here is David Harsanyi at The Federalist: “Democrats Have Made Sure That Kavanaugh Will Never Get A Fair Hearing

Here is Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review: “Democrats, Kavanaugh, and ‘The End of Civilization’” (Andy served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others)

Here are the Editors at National Review: “An Eleventh-Hour Ambush

Here’s Victor Davis Hanson: “The Descent into Progressive Madness

Here’s another Victor Davis Hanson piece: “The New Refuge of Scoundrels

Here’s the Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal: “The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush”

Here’s Cheryl K. Chumley at the Washington Times: “Kavanaugh’s accuser and the curious George Soros Links”

There’s a good selection of conservative opinion. The Democrat’s opinion is unanimous. They must stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed. Because control. I find the Democrats disgusting.



Are You Fed Up? Or Do You Really Want More Information? by The Elephant's Child

Are you completely fed up with the immigrant detention story? Or do you want more clarity? I’m fed up, but keep trying to be sure I understand and can think and write competently about the whole thing.

Daniel Boorstin ( the former Librarian of Congress) wrote a now classic among his many books called The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, 1961. Steven Hayward called it to mind yesterday. I cannot find my copy, but it’s buried in one of my bookcases. Here’s Hayward:

“Boorstin defines a “pseudo-event” as not merely a fact or real event that happened, but a fact or event that is made into “news” of a certain kind by a deliberate and artificial process. You might think of Boorstin’s analysis as no more than the Deep Theory of Public Relations (or as the first analysis of what we today like to call “fake news”), and many of the examples in the book come from the corporate world. Here is some of his description of the dynamics of a “pseudo-event”—see how many aspects of this you can make out in the present controversy:”

1.  It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview. [More on this point in a moment—SH.]

2. It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced. Therefore, its occurrence is arranged for the convenience of the reporting or reproducing media. Its success is measured by how widely it is reported. . .

3. Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous. Its interest arises largely from the very ambiguity. . .  Without some of this ambiguity a pseudo-event cannot be very interesting.

Steven Hayward accompanied his article with the shocking photo of an armed federal agent pointing his gun at Elian Gonzalez. That was the Clinton administration.

• Here’s a dandy list of photographs of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities that the media won’t show you. It’s pretty shocking too.

• From David Harsanyi at The Federalist: “Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions.”

• From American Greatness: “Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border.”

• From Quillette: “Zero Tolerance at the Mexican Border.”   Which includes a  graph to show just how many people are locked up in the United States.

• From Daniel Greenfield: “Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children.”   It’s not just Kate Steinle by a long shot. Way too many children have been ripped from their families by illegal aliens.



The Daily Demagogue: In Full Vitriolic Attack Mode by The Elephant's Child

As for not letting America pay its bills, I have to say, no Congress before this one has ever – ever — in history been irresponsible enough to threaten default, to threaten an economic shutdown, to suggest America not pay its bills, just to try to blackmail a President into giving them some concessions on issues that have nothing to do with a budget.

That was President Obama, last Thursday, out on the campaign trail, insulting Republicans,, as usual, and trying to sell ObamaCare to a public that clearly doesn’t want any part of it. The House of Representatives has the responsibility of managing the government’s  finances. They believe that it is prudent to delay ObamaCare for a year, since it is more obvious each day that Obama’s health insurance plan is not ready for prime time. Democrats have delayed all sorts of parts of it — everything except for ordinary citizens’ forced participation. They just delayed small business participation. The Republicans in the House are attempting to do a big favor for the Obama administration, in giving them more time to fix the plentiful bugs.

Republicans have also proposed eliminating the tax on “medical devices,” a tax everyone agrees was a stupid idea that has already had disastrous consequences. A medical device is everything from a stent, to a crutch, a hospital bed, a wheelchair, or any of the technological breakthroughs like laser-assisted surgery, new prosthetics that respond to nerve stimulus, and CT scans and the like. The companies that produce medical devices have laid off people, moved offshore, or shut their doors. The tax will stifle innovation, which means some new life-saving or life-enhancing devices will never be invented.

And “no Congress before this one has ever—ever— in history been irresponsible enough to threaten default, to threaten an economic shutdown.” The demagogue in full attack mode. Since 1975 we have had 17 government shutdowns, of varying lengths from two days to 32 days, and we have never defaulted on our debts. We have enough income to pay all our debts on time. For a little perspective on the defunding “battle” the Daily Caller has rounded up videos of some great parliamentary fights. And defunding the Affordable Care Act would not be the first law defunded.

Mr. Obama keeps telling his audiences that health care is a “right.” First of all, the government is not offering health care. ObamaCare is a system of government-run health insurance. It is NOT free health care. You have to pay for it, and it costs significantly more than under the previous system, which was far from perfect. As Thomas Sowell keeps pointing out, you can’t expect to add some hundreds of offices, agencies and bureaus on top of the cost of insurance and expect it to be more affordable. So if you have insurance, and are all paid up, and you can find a doctor willing to see you in a world of fewer doctors and longer waits — then you have a right to whatever sort of health care you can pay for. If you think a “right” to health care means someone else will pay so you can have the care you want — that’s not the way it works.

Kathleen Sibelius announced in the Detroit Free Press

Being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies are forbidden by law from discriminating against a consumer or potential consumer just because she happens to be female.

Who knew? These demagogues attack insurance companies, yet clearly have no idea how insurance is supposed to work, nor why there are actuaries and what they do. Most of what was wrong with health insurance was because of government interference in the marketplace in the first place.

Medicine is far more an art than a one-size-fits-all situation. Each person is different. A pill that works for one person may not help another at all. Medicine is on the brink of all sorts of marvelous breakthroughs in learning how to tailor a medicine to a specific person through sequencing their DNA. The newest experimental prosthetics respond to nerve stimulus.We’re getting closes to a tricorder.

Everything about ObamaCare is in direct opposition to the free market, to innovation, to free people. It’s a cut-and-dried attempt at complete government control of you, your health and your person. These apparatchiks have no respect for real people. They believe you are dangerous and need to be controlled. Who knows what you might do? They really are afraid of you. That’s’ why they have the media in full cry  warning that those crazy Republicans want to shut down the government.

The House holds the power of the purse. It is their Constitutional duty to pass responsible spending bills.  It is the Democrats who ignore all constitutional checks and balances.  And the president of the United States states explicitly that he will negotiate with the despots who sponsor world terrorism and mass murder, but not with Republicans. Go figure.




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