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Democrats Have More Mental Problems, say Democrats! by American Elephant
December 2, 2007, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying any attention, but libs are nuts. All you have to do is look at one of their protests or conventions, or read their rantings on the Daily Kos to come to that conclusion.

Don’t forget a plurality of Democrats believe 9-11 was an inside job. And then there’s Bush Derangement Syndrome! Yikes!

Republicans, on the other hand, report overwhelmingly excellent mental health.

No, its been clear for quite some time now that our liberal brothers and sisters are deeply deranged.

As we explained a while back, there’ve been scientific studies that at least in part may explain the mental instability of the left.

So please! For your own welfare, for America’s welfare …if you are one of the many deeply disturbed Democrats, be healed, be sane…become a Republican!

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PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.



The Will To Live by American Elephant
November 4, 2007, 5:03 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

The will to live. When does it begin?

…Are you sure?

Ieuan and Gabriel Jones

When doctors found that Gabriel was weaker than his brother, with an enlarged heart,and believed he was going to die in the womb, his mother Rebecca Jones had to make a heartbreaking decision.

Doctors told her his death could cause his twin brother to die too before they were born, and that it would be better to end Gabriel’s suffering sooner rather than later.

Mrs Jones decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel’s life.

Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong.

They then cut Mrs Jones’s placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.

But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas.

Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.

Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother’s womb for another five weeks – until the babies were delivered by caesarean section. [read more]



“Gentlemen may cry Peace, Peace—but there is no peace” by The Elephant's Child
September 10, 2007, 8:43 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy | Tags: , , , ,

General Petraeus testifies before Congress,  MoveOn  purchases a disgraceful ad in the New York Times and Code Pink protesters have to be evicted from the proceedings.  In the supposition that everyone wants peace, but nobody does anything about it, many colleges and universities are offering classes in “Peace Studies”.  Is that how we find an end to violence?



Defeating Multiculturalism, One Tiny Step at a Time by The Elephant's Child
September 10, 2007, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , ,

Multiculturalism is, I believe, a worm in the brain of bureaucrats.  Difficult to eradicate, but definitely worth the effort to rid society of its effects.

Politically correct oppression is everywhere, here is a gentleman who struck back.



A word about the poor… by The Elephant's Child
August 29, 2007, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Politics | Tags: , , ,

You probably saw the headline in the New York Times last year about the Swedish economists who said that the average Swedish citizen was poorer than America’s poorest. Well, no. Didn’t happen. The Swedish economists did indeed, but the New York Times didn’t mention it.

The government released its annual report on household incomes yesterday, and if the media did not have Senator Craig to distract them, you would hear a lot more about poverty today. There is a standard poverty theme: the left expresses moral outrage that in the world’s richest country there are still Americans living in poverty. The right, greedy and mean of course, believes that poverty is a result of government meddling.

Well, no. The fact is that government statistics don’t really tell us very much about poverty. The “poor”, technically, are a family of four who had cash income in 2006 of $20,614 or less, or a single person who had cash income of less than $1o,294. That isn’t much, but multiple studies show that Americans consume way more than their reported income.

How can this be? Take Joe college kid. He graduated in June, moved back home, took a couple of months vacation, spent a month getting his resume together, getting interview clothes and taking a part time job as a barista, so he could job hunt. After 3 months he found the job he wanted which paid pretty well. His total income from the coffee shop was only $2,340. The new job paid $40,000, but unfortunately he had only a month’s income from it. He is one of the “poor”. And there’s Bob business owner. He had a pretty good income, but some major business expenses to write off, and his wife had heavy medical expenses. By the time he finished his deductions, he had little formal income. You can think of many circumstances which would leave someone with little taxable income.

46% of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home described as “poor” by the Census Bureau is a three bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage and a porch or patio. 80% of poor households have air conditioning. Over 60% have more than two rooms per person. In 1970 more than 25% of the poor lived in overcrowded conditions (more than one person to a room) today it is only six percent.

The typical ‘poor’ American has more living space than average citizens of most European cities: Paris, London, Vienna or Athens. 75% of poor households in America own a car, 31% own two or more cars. 97% have a color television, over half own two or more colot TVs, and 62% have cable or satellite reception. About 33% of poor households have both landline and cell-phones. A third have answering machines, but a tenth of the poor have no telephone at all.

The percentage of Americans in poverty is decreasing, and their situation is improving. Sorry, Mr. Edwards, but it’s so.

There is real poverty among us. We are usually urged to think of poor children, because we are more sympathetic towards children, children can do little about their own situation, and because those discussing poverty have an agenda and want to influence us .

There are two main reasons why American children are poor. Their parents don’t work much and their fathers are absent. The typical American poor family, in good times or bad, is supported by only 800 hours of work a year. If one adult in the family worked for 40 hours a week throughout the year (2,000 hours) 75% of poor children would no longer be in official poverty.

Roughly two-thirds of poor children live in single-parent homes. Every year more than 1.5 million children are born out-of-wedlock. If the fathers of these children married the mothers, nearly three quarters of children would no longer be in poverty .

Work and marriage are reliable ways to escape poverty, but the welfare system is hostile to both. The major programs such as public housing, food stamps and Medicaid penalize marriage and reward idleness.

The left wants to eliminate poverty, but they think in terms of government programs. They have been outraged by welfare reform, for they believe it is harming the poor. They want more programs and more generous programs for they care about groups, and hope to woo those groups as Democrat party voters.

The right wants to eliminate poverty, but they think in terms of getting people back to work and discouraging out-of-wedlock childbirth. Republicans think in terms of individuals and recognize that welfare is both demeaning and discouraging, and that only through personal responsibility can one escape poverty. They would rather give people a boost up. They would rather “teach them to fish” as the proverb goes.

Labor unions have invested millions of dollars in the attempt to unionize Wal-Mart, whose employees apparently do not wish to be unionized. The unions have made every attempt to demonize Wal-Mart for paying low wages to their employees while helping those employees to get government health care. Wal-Mart is the largest employer of welfare-to-work women, and for the first year those women are required by the government to have Medicaid, as they begin to get on their feet and learn how to hold a job.

Is Wal-Mart helping women to get off welfare or are they just getting cheap labor? Should society insist that those who are able to work do so? Does giving the poor more money really help? How long should we keep it up? What about those who fail at their first job? There are many hard questions and few easy answers. Playing politics with poverty is not only unnecessary, but cruel.



The Great VIOLENT North by Emerald City Elephant

Human Candian flag

Canadians are nice, friendly, peaceful people, and Americans are violent pigs living in a crime infested country, right?

Wrong.

Completely 100% bass-ackwards as a matter of fact. Canada’s violent crime rate is twice that of the United States. According to the FBI, there are 4.7 violent crimes per 1,000 Americans—but there are 9.5 violent crimes for every 1,000 Canucks according to Statistics Canada. (HT/Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail)

I don’t doubt it. I’ve lived in the United States my entire life and have never been victim to violent crime. I’ve visited Vancouver, BC a handful of times and was nearly the victim of an attempted bashing. (Fortunately an ambulance was driving by at the time and turned its sirens and lights on and scared the group of young men that had just started pushing us around away.)

And as Mr. Surber explains, it isn’t just Canada—Norway has over twice as much crime per capita and nearly 20% more violent crime per capita.

But how can that be, you say? The United States leads the world in prison population!

By Jove, I think she’s got it!

We are told that the United States leads the world in its prison population. This may be true. Roughly 1/2 of 1 percent of Americans are in prison.The upside is that is nearly 1.4 million robbers, muggers, killers and rapists who are not out robbing, mugging, killing and raping.

…The prisons are worth every penny.

Prisons keep more children from being molested. Prisons keep more people from being killed. Prisons keep more drunken drivers off the road.

Some say the nation is becoming a “prison state.” I grew up in a high crime area in Cleveland where no one ventured out after dark.

That’s a prison state.

The choice is this: Either have a high incarceration rate or have a high crime rate. Norway and Canada have made their choice. America has made hers. [read more]



Poor kitty! by American Elephant
August 7, 2007, 7:22 am
Filed under: Education, Pop Culture | Tags: , , ,

poor kitty

We’ve all seen and read stories in the news lately about the rise of dog-fighting in America; horrific acts of evil perpetrated on animals for entertainment’s sake, brought to light by the indictment of Falcons’ quarterback, Michael Vick. Honestly, I hope he goes to jail.

Cock-fighting is also on the rise. Roosters with razorblades strapped to their legs, trained to fight to the death; conditioning that makes it impossible to rehabilitate the birds. Even if they are rescued alive, the roosters must be put down. That these evil contests are on the rise says something very sad about our society.

But animal cruelty manifests itself in many ways. Not all of them as blatantly heinous. If you’ve ever watched Animal Planet, you’ve seen the kind of cruelty I’m talking about–neglect. Dogs left chained up so long that their collars are digging into, and being grown over by their skin—injured animals left to suffer without veterinary care. And all sorts of treatment of trusting, helpless creatures that just breaks your heart—and if it doesn’t, something is wrong with you.

Something is apparently wrong with a great many of us. Now I am not putting the overfeeding of a pet on par with dog-fighting, violence, or even that kind of base neglect. But it is cruel. Many of these pets are so fat, they’re developing diabetes. It is neglect…neglect of the animals’ health and well-being. If you really want to show your dogs and cats how much you care for them, pay attention to their health, pay attention to their weight, talk to you vet about an appropriate amount of food, and play with your pet instead of giving it table scraps and fatty snacks. This cat doesn’t need a treat, it needs exercise! Tie a ball of paper to the end of a string and let it chase you around the house. Its good for your cat, its good for you, and it shows you respect your pet as more than an animated teddy bear—that you recognize a moral obligation to look out for your pets health and well being.

And if you can’t do those things, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make sure your pet is healthy and happy and loved, then you have no business having one. Try a nice silk plant. Valuing life is, after all, the most fundamental of conservative values.

As for the proliferation of dog and cock fighting, it is no coincidence that these fights are often associated with gang activity. Another sick symptom of some very deep ills that we must address and deal with.




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