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American Elephants: How to Revise History, With Some Cautions

In Charlottesville, Virginia, we had another case of millennials attempting to fix history. Some wanted to tear down a statue, of Robert E. Lee, and others determined to stop them also turned up, to do violence. This incident apparently got all confused with World War II themes (fascism) which the press wants to connect to

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American Elephants: Bill Whittle With a Little Historical Fact

On Tuesday, President Trump held an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower. When he was asked about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia,he branded the members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and Antifa activists as “criminals and thugs.” The leftist media, promptly went ballistic. AP insisted that the antifas were just “protesting” the white

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American Elephants: “DIVERSITY: The Invention of a Concept”

Last night I was looking for the next book in a series I’m re-reading, and noticed another book that has long been on my overloaded bookshelves. It is titled simply “DIVERSITY: The invention of a Concept” by Peter Wood. I had forgotten all about it, though I bought it when it first came out fourteen

2017-08-17 05:32   Click to comment

American Elephants: All About “Social” Justice

Here’s Bill Whittle, who is very good at getting right to the nitty-gritty of events and clarifying things. In this case, it is the idea of “white privilege”, and what it is and what it isn’t. You might be surprised. Is Social Justice Just?

2017-08-17 03:29   Click to comment

American Elephants: More in the Lighten-Up Vein: You’re Making Fools of Yourselves, Lefties

Again, the Left is frothing at the mouth, not at the stupid groups looking for an opportunity to do battle of some kind, but at Donald Trump who didn’t condemn them strongly enough, or soon enough, or in the right words, and can we impeach him for that? The Right, exhausted with the wretched excess,

2017-08-15 03:23   Click to comment

American Elephants: Why Physics. “The Universe in a Nutshell”

This is not new, but I had never seen it before. I took physics in high school and survived the class because I was one of two girls in a class of boys. I did not understand at the time what physics was for, nor why I should be deeply interested. Obviously because I did

2017-08-14 04:29   Click to comment

American Elephants: Best Essay of the Day

Donald J Trump is president. Really. He won it fair and square, he was inaugurated seven — almost eight — months ago, and he very probably is going to be president for another three and a half years. Minimum. So, now, children, let’s calm down. All of you people over there saying Trump is unqualified

2017-08-14 03:05   Click to comment

American Elephants: Lighten Up, People

You have undoubtedly noticed that the Left-wingers are deadly serious about their fury at President Trump for winning the 2016 election. It was nine months ago, and they’re still at it. And they are so very very serious. Any thought or statement from the Right is met with cries of Racist-Sexist, Xenophobe, Homophobe, Misogynist, White-Supremacist,

2017-08-13 14:12   Click to comment

American Elephants: The Right-Wing Strikes Back Joyfully

Liberal protesters set up a 30-foot tall inflatable chicken on the mall in front of the White House. Must have cost a bundle to create this balloon. Trump supporters joyfully appropriated the image for their own memes. Don’t neglect to click on the links. The conservative folks on the right side of the political spectrum

2017-08-12 04:10   Click to comment

American Elephants: Is Google Being Run by Human Resources?

We seem to have a society being run by the Human Resources Department. At least that’s what the flap at Google appears to be about. Diversity and inclusion. But just what is diversity, and why is it important? It clearly is the correct mix of skin color and ethnic origins, and gender too, of course.

2017-08-10 14:22   Click to comment

American Elephants: Why Politics and Business Don’t Mix

I don’t know about boycotts, I don’t think about joining some kind of boycott, nor of mounting the barricades. But if businesses get all political, I can certainly take my business someplace else. That’s basic economics. The market speaks louder, or at least more firmly than any soapbox. Starbucks had five straight quarters of decreased

2017-08-09 04:55   Click to comment

American Elephants: “The Resistance” versus The Constitution

The United States Constitution is quite clear. Article II, Section1.  The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States. That’s it. A very clear and simple statement about the executive power of the United States. Every single person in the executive departments of the federal government answers to the President. Back

2017-08-08 14:15   Click to comment

American Elephants: A $300,000 Climate Change Museum?

In the final days of his administration, the former president oversaw the creation of a $300,000 “climate museum” in a government building in Washington D.C. (Paid for with taxpayer dollars), dedicated to the proposition that man-made climate change is a dire threat, and the wonderful work done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its

2017-08-07 02:53   Click to comment

American Elephants: A Hot Day in Puget Sound Country

Hot today, 92º, and the air is foul with smoke from British Columbia forest fires. People in the Puget Sound region are unaccustomed to hot weather, though it happens for a week or so every year, and we complain and suffer immeasurably. My two cats are sprawled in front of the fans — I have 3

2017-08-05 06:34   Click to comment

American Elephants: We Mostly Do Not Understand How Differently Other People Think

Perceptions. We’re mostly inclined to believe that other people think pretty much as we do, and are surprised to find out that there are true believers in something radically different. And even when we grasp that they really do believe, and don’t believe that they are wrong, but that you are—it’s still a little hard

2017-08-05 06:17   Click to comment

American Elephants: Government Employees Earn Almost Double the Average American.

The average American wage, as calculated for 2015 (the most recent  available calculations) was $48,908, according to the Social Security Administration. Interestingly enough, the average government salary in 2016, was $83,072—almost double the average American worker. Federal employees in Washington D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas of Maryland and Virginia — where the managers…

2017-08-03 14:17   Click to comment

American Elephants: Why Did The Democratic South Become Republican??

I saw another article just today claiming that the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was a Republican attempt to prevent people of color from voting. One should expect that from the crowd that attacks whatever Republicans say or do with shrieks of “Racist,””Sexist,” etc. etc.They were incensed when the President suggested that there was

2017-08-02 05:30   Click to comment

American Elephants: Could Global Warming Slow the Rise of the Sea Level?

Since the first Planet of the Apes movie, the image of the Statue of Liberty drowning in rising sea waters has been done and done and overdone. But images are powerful and that may have helped to make many people think that a global rise in sea levels is the most to-be feared consequence of

2017-08-01 07:02   Click to comment

American Elephants: Can Someone Explain The Democrat’s Ideology?

Daniel Henninger ‘s column on Thursday in the Wall Street Journal was a particular gem (subscription barrier). Like most of us he is trying to grasp the current configuration of the Democratic Party. They are stuck. Don’t know where they are going nor why, don’t understand why they lost, and their ideas are all old,

2017-08-01 06:02   Click to comment

American Elephants: Hillary has a new book in September “What Happened”

Hillary has a new book coming out in September, clearly written in haste, to explain why she lost. It’s called “What Happened.” (ITS NOT FAIR) She will focus on Russian interference and James Comey’s interference.  Plus (ITS NOT FAIR) misogyny, and just why she lost in no uncertain terms, and counter to the messaging from

2017-07-28 04:39   Click to comment

American Elephants: Who Hacked Whom? And When? And Why? Developing…

Remember when the media was all a-flutter with the news that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked? All those Hillary emails, John Podesta’s computer. As they say…developing. The FBI has arrested the top technology aide to Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL former Democratic Party chairwoman. Imwan Awan, a Pakistani born aide, was arrested on

2017-07-28 02:25   Click to comment

American Elephants: What is Fake News?

2017-07-26 04:31   Click to comment

American Elephants: Fake News and the Hunger for Information

Johannes Gutenberg is widely credited with the invention of the first printing press in 1455. However Chinese monks had been using block prints even earlier, by A.D, 600, and there were attempts to create type as a means of conveying information. Too many characters in the Chinese language, and conveying important messages with blockprints didn’t

2017-07-26 01:24   Click to comment

American Elephants: Black, Millennial, Female and Conservative

2017-07-25 05:05   Click to comment

American Elephants: 20,000 Regulations To Control You and Your HealthCare Provider

Along with millions of others, I’m really frustrated with Congress. When the Democrats rammed through the Affordable Care Act, most Republicans recognized instantly that it was not going to work. Way too much bureaucratic control. It was clearly a step towards single-payer health care like Britain’s National Health Service. Of course there are probably not

2017-07-25 04:46   Click to comment

American Elephants: Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods explains why Intellectuals hate Capitalism. Professors at our Universities have long seethed with envy when they see the published income of corporate CEOs. After all, they have PhDs, it is their ability to pass on real knowledge that made these upstarts able to become corporate big shots. If you

2017-07-23 05:58   Click to comment

American Elephants: “The Closing of the Scientific Mind”

An excerpt from a post by David Gelernter on January 1, 2014, in Commentary: “The Closing of the Scientific Mind,” in which he challenges scientists, suggesting that “the cultural authority science has acquired over the last century has imposed large duties on every scientist.” Are you listening Michael Mann? I hope this brief excerpt will

2017-07-23 00:41   Click to comment

American Elephants: Victor Davis Hanson Speaks on the Problem of California

Dr. Hanson speaks of the wealthiest state, the Golden State, and where has California gone wrong? California was supposed to be the answer or the guide to a better future for the rest of the world, with the best climate, the best universities, the most beautiful state with lovely beaches, redwood forests, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe,

2017-07-22 02:23   Click to comment

American Elephants: The NYT Claims Any Investigation of the Voter Rolls Is Designed to Keep Blacks from Voting And Is Racist, Sexist and Homophobic as Well

President Trump has appointed a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, Republican, co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Republican, and its members include two Democratic secretaries of state, Matthew Dunlap, Maine, and Bill Gardner from New Hampshire — and a Democratic judge, Alan Lamar King,

2017-07-21 06:04   Click to comment

American Elephants: There Are Refugee Problems in the West, But Europe’s Afghan Crime Wave Is Shocking.

One of our biggest problems, it seems, is the matter of immigration. As a nation, we conflate a wide numbers of separate issues—George Soros advocates for open borders everywhere, then there are the terms migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, exile, emigre, displaced person, and stateless person.  Can you tell the difference? In the first 3 weeks

2017-07-19 14:27   Click to comment

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