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You Really Don’t Want to Make the American People Angry! by The Elephant's Child
October 6, 2021, 9:37 pm
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It is getting really weird out there! The American people are deeply unhappy with this president. It’s not just the rude shouts in sports stadiums, that’s appearing wherever he turns up. The columns online are ubiquitous. President Biden was told early on that ice cream cones were a “good symbol”, and I haven’t seen him without an ice cream cone in months! He’s still desperately trying to blame anything and everything on Donald Trump. Not going to work. Donald Trump was a very good president and accomplished a lot for the American people.

I am deeply troubled by Biden’s immigration problem. Inviting the rest of the world to come, sneak across the border, and suggesting that we will promptly make them citizens seems like an unbelievable error. We have an orderly process for those who want to come to America and become citizens. You go to your nearest American consulate or embassy, sign up, and wait your turn. Thousands from Afghanistan, thousands from Central America, thousands from Haiti, Africa, and South America. We’ve now just had an example of a man convicted of murder in Florida, caught again at the border trying to get back in.

President Biden’s approval ratings continue their steady decline. We’re still trying to get our people out of Afghanistan, our latest, greatest failure.

Democrats are trying to convince the American people that the people who entered the Capitol Building on January 6, were “rioters” viciously attacking the legitimate members of Congress. Curious, I looked up the word “riot”, which by definition includes “violence.” Only violence was when a Capitol policeman shot Ashli Babbit. The people who went into the Capitol building, reportedly walked around, respected the red velvet ropes there to guide visitors, did no damage whatsoever, and, by the way, are as citizens, the owners of the building. We now have films of their incursion, which make it pretty clear that there was no riot, and certainly no violence. Keep that one in mind when you are listening to Democrats sound off.

Today’s major flap seems to be that School Boards all over the country have had parents turn up (Parents!) to protest what is going on in the schools, protest some of the curriculum, and suggest that the school boards are not doing their job. Apparently astonished that parents would assume that they have anything whatsoever to say about what their children are being taught! How interesting to learn that school boards are unaware of who elects them, and who can fire them. I’m getting a sense of citizens slowly becoming aware of an establishment that does not understand who is in charge, and the power that they have. We’ll see.

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.

Confidence in Precisely What? by The Elephant's Child
June 21, 2021, 10:58 pm
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President Biden has returned from his trip to Europe for the G7 meeting of European leaders. The press was sure that the trip was a Biden triumph, but there were a lot of voices suggesting that perhaps some cognitive tests were in order.

Hillary remains certain that it was Russian interference that made her lose the election to Donald Trump, and she seems to blame Putin specifically. Russia keeps on messing around with the Ukraine, and nobody seems to publicly object.

Signs of inflation are readily available, especially on gas station pumps. Which should not be surprising with a president who is determined to stop nonexistent climate change.

Dr. Fauci is in deep disgrace as it is learned that he invested in the work of the Wuhan Labs, but he denies everything entirely. I keep remembering that the first appearance of the Covid virus came when someone from Wuhan China came to visit relatives in a nursing home about a couple of miles or so north of my house, and infected the relative, the staff and other patients. President Trump was immediately on top of it, and halted any traffic from China, to a vast outcry from the press about racial discrimination, bias and so on, but clearly saved a lot of lives with his prompt action. Calling it a Chinese virus, or a Wuhan virus was not out of line, as most dangerous viruses are called by the name of their place of origin. Dr. Fauci denies any relation to anything whatsoever. He apparently remains the highest paid federal employee.

It looks like the remedy that President Trump was suggesting was actually highly effective, but he was attacked for that as well.

Things get confusing, and everybody wants to blame someone else. The Covid crisis seems to be under control, people have been vaccinated, the lockdown has eased, and it looks as if schools will reopen in the fall. The problem now seems to be just what it is that they will be teaching. Our society is in turmoil.

Governors on the Southern border are stepping up to try to control Biden’s open borders and amnesty for all. The list of Americans murdered by illegal aliens keeps growing but somehow vague ideas about “refugees” (from what?) seem more popular than insisting that people who want to come to America should simply apply at the nearest consulate and wait their turn, as the law requires. Congress, some years ago limited the number of immigrants to one million a year. I haven’t been able to find out where we stand with that limitation.

So that’s where we are, and it is confusing, and unclear at best. No confidence that anyone is doing the right thing, or even knows what the right thing is. Just no confidence at all.

Do You Recognize the World of the Democrats? by The Elephant's Child

Democrats live in an alternate universe.  The world that exists in Democrat convention speeches is an unfamiliar place to me.  Bleak.  Everyone is a victim.  America is a terrible place, the economy is deep in a recession, no one has health care so people are obviously dying in the streets,  the war is a failure, the surge did not work, prisoners at Guantanamo are tortured, oil companies don’t pay taxes and gouge Americans, the earth will die soon unless rescued by Democrats with wind power, and whatever it is, it is all Bush’s fault. I’m sure I missed some horrors.

I went to the gas station today, and gas is expensive, even for my thrifty Toyota. I can imagine the feelings of those filling up SUVs or pickups. I also went to the grocery store, which is also painful. Prices are up. I made more careful choices.  Most of the inflation in gas prices and food prices comes from Democrat intransigence in allowing us to drill for oil, build refineries, build nuclear plants and pipelines. Prices are not up because of a shortage of windmills and solar panels.

Democrats refuse to drill because they owe the environmental organizations that support them, and the environmental organizations do not want us to use oil.  They think oil is bad, dirty, and evil, and they mistakenly believe that it can be replaced almost immediately by “renewable” “clean” energy.

I hate to keep harping on this, but it is confusing and people keep lying about it, or bloviating when they know not whereof they speak.  Lets go right to the source, the U.S. Energy Information Administration. They have some dandy graphs that explain better than words can.  Renewable energy contributes 6 percent of U.S. energy consumption as of 2004, the most recent figures, and it hasn’t changed much.  91 percent of that 6 percent is contributed by hydropower and biomass waste.  Solar energy contributes 1 percent and wind energy contributes 2.3 percent — not of our energy needs, but of the 6 percent renewables.  Geothermal contributes 5.6 percent of the 6 percent.  See how confusing it gets when you start talking percentages?

Here is another colorful diagram that shows where our energy comes from and where it goes, which will help a lot in deciphering all the bloviating.  I will take up the rest of the problems of the world soon.

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