American Elephants


As The World Turns, Etc, Etc. by The Elephant's Child
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RECENT EARTH CLIMATE HISTORY
600 – 200 B.C.: An Unnamed Cold Period
200 BC to about AD 600: The Roman Warming
600 to 900: The Dark Ages Cold Period
900 to 1300: Medieval Warming
1300 to 1850: The Little Ice Age (two stages)

MODERN CLIMATE HISTORY
1850 – 1940: Especially between 1920-1940: Warming
1940 to 1975: Cooling Trend
1976-1978: Sudden Warming Spurt
1979 to 1998: +1º
1998 to 2011: +1º

The Medieval Warming period led to the Renaissance  which began approximately in 1300 and ended approximately in 1700. A bountiful time, wine grapes grew in England, food was plentiful and there was a flowering of learning and art. Think Michelangelo, Raphael, and Copernicus among others. What I’m getting at here, is the idea that if we are facing climate doom, the world is going to die in 10 or 12 years if we don’t save it by stopping “fracking,” stop using oil and gasoline, and eliminating plastic bags. That’s what you get for listening to “celebrities” instead of studying up on the science.

I was an English Major, which means that I learned how to read hard stuff, and read a lot. That does not mean that I’m always right, much as I like to think so. Christiana Figueres, the General Secretary of the IPCC, was quite sure that the object of “climate change” was as a tool to get rid of Capitalism. Leftists do not like capitalism, which seems a bit strange, but economics is not their strong point. Capitalists to them are business CEOs and owners, and the “Rich”. The Left is entitled to be in charge because they are morally superior, it would be helpful if we all understood that.

Conservatives have long sneered at the Left because they were the Southern slave owners in the Civil War, but the Left has ended that accusation by electing the first black president, who served for two terms, which puts them back in the morally superior category. Global Warming, plastic bags, ending fracking, and giving taxpayer money to illegal aliens adds to their sense of superiority.

America is a nation of immigrants, as you know, which leads them to believe that immigrants are special, and just because they can’t be bothered to enter the country the legal way, shouldn’t keep them from sharing in the bounty of America. So Leftists care about illegal immigrants, which means hating I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and making sure that illegal immigrants get stimulus money. It is that mindset that makes them believe that if little immigrant children were kept in cages, it was obviously done by conservatives, contrary to the actual actions of the Obama administration. Once you get the “entitled to be in charge because they are morally superior” theme firmly in mind, it makes understanding all the other stuff simple. Or at least it helps.

Elizabeth Warren ranted that President Trump was trying to kill everybody in the world because he would not correctly address climate change, or something like that. The very slight warming we have had has brought enormous blessings to the world. The slight increase in the amount of CO² in the atmosphere has been a bounty for mankind for it is a natural fertilizer for plants. More bountiful crops mean the hungry are well fed and there is less starvation in the world. Forests grow more as well, and there is more wood for fuel and for building homes.

In case there is any confusion, Elizabeth Warren is calling her climate program “The Blue New Deal”. Don’t want any confusion with the Green thing.

Do make time to visit Climate Depot and Dr. Roy Spencer and the others listed in the sidebar. There’s an enormous amount of hype out there, and the best defense are informed citizens. Solar energy and wind energy are nice, when they aren’t killing birds, but they cannot provide the energy needed by a modern society. Just doesn’t work.



Today’s Identity Politics: It’s All About Women by The Elephant's Child

Democrat women are getting all upset over the political demise of Elizabeth Warren, not because she is notably unqualified to be president, but because she is a woman, and thus obviously it’s a sexist thing and a woman cannot be elected as a president of the United States. There were all these other women in the campaign, and now it has dwindled down to just the two men. So the most important qualification for the presidency is assumed to be their sexual identity? Whether it is a man or a woman?

Sounds like a goodly proportion of the people don’t have a very clear understanding of just what a qualification is. How about being good looking? Having held a previous governmental position? We seem to approve of former governors as having run a state well, or not. But then Senators or Congressmen are OK. But Businessmen? Those who have run large corporations? Democrats are quite sure President Trump is unqualified because he was just a businessman, but he was also a TV star, and we hear every day the thoughts of TV and movie stars, not because of their ideas, but because their names are known, and they are click-bait. Democrats were furious because they didn’t get to see Trump’s tax returns, not so much to find out how much he made (they know it was a lot, because he’s rich) but to find out where he cheated on his tax returns. Elizabeth Warren was a law professor, a job she supposedly got by claiming Native American identity. But that did turn out to be a lie. So big lies are O.K.? My problem with Elizabeth Warren was that she had no understanding of basic economics, (and lies). Tulsi Gabbard was still in, so they changed the rules.

But does Trump have any understanding of basic economics? Ran a successful business. Surrounded himself with good financial people. Brags too much, but getting the economic growth he has is certainly worth bragging about. Certainly the Democrats are not going to brag about Black employment success. Socialist ideas had some interest, but a lot of opposition. Being a former Vice President indicates that they have at least been around and participated. Among the long list of candidates the Democrats started with, there were a remarkable number who really didn’t have much of any qualifications at all.

My point is that we really don’t have any clear idea about what the qualifications for high political office either are or should be. Some of us have our own longstanding idea, but there doesn’t seem to be any widespread agreement. Though perhaps that’s the intrusion of the press and their opinions rather than the public’s ideas. The Constitution says they have to be 35 years old, and a citizen for 14 years.

We started off with wanting George Washington because he had just won a brutal war for us and we were finally free. But they didn’t know what to call him, or  whether he should have royal robes or the amenities of a British King. The “president” thing was brand new, as was the idea of being elected. Consider the old post about King George’s Coach to see what they were familiar with as the proper accoutrements of a national leader.  (scroll down to the picture of the coach at the bottom) There are a lot of elections now, but there are still  plenty of national leaders who have simply appointed themselves.

I suspect that much of the hatred for Donald Trump is centered in the preconceived notions of Democrats of what a president should be, and he doesn’t fit. (Besides being a Republican) My idea is centered in accomplishments, and Mr. Trump is doing very nicely indeed in that department.




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