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Happy Valeninne’s Day! by American Elephant
February 14, 2011, 4:27 am
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Happy Valentines Day!

Being of the male of the species, I’ve never much understood the importance some place on the holiday. Let’s face it, Valentines Day is nothing more than a concoction of the greeting-card industry to promote the sales of schmaltzy valentines. And as a holiday, its kind or a rip-off — if even the most perfectly executed Valentine’s Day gesture doesn’t excuse one from being romantic the rest of the year, then, really, what’s the point?

That said, I should point out that Elephants are known to be very partial to chocolate truffles.



Happy New Year! by American Elephant
January 1, 2011, 9:03 am
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From all us elephants to all of you, we thank you for being part of our herd, making our year so bright, and may God bless you and yours with an exceedingly happy, healthy, and very prosperous new year!



Snowbound by American Elephant
December 13, 2010, 8:36 pm
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A beautiful soundtrack for those of you snowed-in back east and in the Midwest. Build a fire, or if you don’t have a fireplace, put one on your monitor, burrow down under your favorite blanket, and kick back and enjoy the gorgeous, sultry song stylings of the incomparable Sarah Vaughan as you watch the snow drift down. A nice steamy cup of creamy hot cocoa never hurts either.



Smashing Pumpkins… by American Elephant

…and other fun ways to dispose of your carved creations apres Halloween.

If you’ve been reading our blog long, or have caught our annual list of the 20 Best Halloween Movies Ever! you know I’m a big fan of Halloween. One of my favorite parts is the annual carving of the squash. Conversely,  one of the biggest let-downs of the holiday is going to all that time and effort to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece, only to throw them away, or unceremoniously toss them in the compost just a few days later before they start to rot and grow a thick coat of gray fur inside. There’s got to be a better way!

Problem solved:

The five coolest ways to get rid pumpkins after HalloweenContinue reading



Sing Along! by American Elephant
September 17, 2010, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, The Constitution | Tags: ,

Happy Constitution Day!

(thanks to Gay Patriot for the reminder.)



Happy Valentines Day! by American Elephant
February 14, 2010, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Pop Culture | Tags: ,

Happy Valentines Day!

Being of the male of the species, I’ve never much understood the importance some place on the holiday. Let’s face it, Valentines Day is nothing more than a concoction of the greeting-card industry to promote the sales of schmaltzy valentines. And as a holiday, its kind or a rip-off — if even the most perfectly executed Valentine’s Day gesture doesn’t excuse one from being romantic the rest of the year, then, really, what’s the point?

That said, I should point out that Elephants are known to be very partial to chocolate truffles.



Six More Weeks of Winter by American Elephant
February 2, 2010, 10:13 am
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Happy Groundhog’s Day!



Happy New Year! by American Elephant
January 1, 2010, 2:49 am
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One very good reason to stay home on New Year’s Eve…

A Sturgis woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked on Interstate 90, according to Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered Marguerite Engle, 45, on Dec. 1 passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen in Rapid City.

Her blood-alcohol level was almost nine times South Dakota’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Checks with local and state labs where blood-alcohol levels are tested suggest Engle’s reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota, Sondreal said.

Sondreal said a state chemist recalled a sample that tested .53, but nothing higher, in his more than 30 years on the job.

Dr. Robert Looyenga, who recently retired from the Rapid City Police Department’s forensic laboratory, told Sondreal that the highest blood-alcohol sample he tested measured .56 percent.

Sondreal’s research indicates that a blood-alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population.

“Engle’s was almost double that,” Sondreal said.

After she was found, Engle was hospitalized and freed on bond.

She failed to appear in court on Dec. 15, but Sturgis police located her Monday evening in another stolen car sitting in a ditch along S.D. Highway 34 near Fort Meade.

Whatever you do for the holiday, be careful; there’s tons of Mad-Dog-Marguerite-Engels on the road.

And I hope the New Year brings you excellent health, lots of wealth and happiness, and conservative Republican majorities in both houses of congress with subpoena power!



Snow! by American Elephant
December 4, 2009, 9:29 am
Filed under: Movies, Music, Pop Culture | Tags: , , ,

The temperature reached down below freezing last night for the first time in our area. I caught a glimpse of my first Christmas tree headed home on the roof of a car. The skies were clear, but just the same, it quickly brings snow to mind whenever the mercury drops that low.

Everyone knows the song White Christmas, but you may not have heard this lesser known song from from the 1954 musical which that classic carol inspired.  Sung by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in close harmony, the song is simply called Snow! It originally had nothing to do with Christmas, but with the right lyrics and some sleigh bells, Irving Berlin turned it into the perfect tune for anyone anticipating the first snow of the season.

We had our first white Christmas in several years last year, and it was a doozy! Several feet of snow, atop a bed of ice, which in combination with the Seattle hills had most people stuck at home. I suspect we’ll get a blanket of snow again this year, but I hope not that much! What about you? Have you got snow yet? Think you’ll get any?



Happy Easter! by American Elephant
April 12, 2009, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Religion | Tags: ,

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Easter thoughts by Renaissance Guy, and the Anchoress.

Big Hollywood proposed the five best films for Easter, while Captain Ed takes a poll.

Iraqis celebrate Easter via Michelle Malkin.

Easter for bunny-hating hunters (bunny lovers: consider yourselves warned), and child-hating bunnies.

And finally, for the political, rememberingEaster… in America… in betterdays.



Merry Christmas! by American Elephant
December 24, 2008, 2:05 pm
Filed under: History, Movies, Music, News, Religion | Tags: , ,

Joy to the World!

(video: The Nativity Story; Music: Josh Groban)



Be Thankful! by American Elephant
November 27, 2008, 9:29 am
Filed under: Iraq, Religion | Tags: ,

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I am thankful for the health and well-being of my family and loved ones.

I am thankful that I am alive, happy, and retain all my necessary organs and appendages.

I am thankful that I am blessed to live in the United States of America — truly the greatest nation on Earth — where we still remain free.

I am thankful for the Pilgrims, the colonists, our founding fathers, and thankful that I know liberal revisionist history is codswollop.

I am thankful that my Congressman, Dave Reichert, won, and that Al Franken may yet fail to steal a senate seat in Minnesota.

I am thankful that I am blessed with everything I need: food, drink, warmth, heat, light, clothing and healthcare, and many comforts above and beyond that which I require.

I am deeply thankful for my neighbors; good people and good friends who are facing very difficult times.

I am thankful for our armed forces who keep us safe at great peril and sacrifice. And I am so thankful and happy that they have prevailed and won the war in Iraq, and achieved great victories in Afghanistan.

It is highly out of fashion at present, but I am still very thankful for President Bush and Vice-President Cheney.

I am thankful for the wisdom I gain every day from others.

I am thankful for all of our readers.

I am thankful for fresh apple cider, thick socks and down pillows.

I am thankful that I have more blessings than I can count here.

And I am thankful that there is a God in Heaven who loves us, and has blessed each and every one of us, no matter our circumstances, which we would all realize if only we would take the time to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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