“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trump renders G7 irrelevant

Europe’s vanishing calm


AVIGNON, France | The Rhone River Valley in southern France is a storybook marriage of high technology, traditional vineyards and ancestral villages. High-speed trains and well-designed toll roads crisscross majestic cathedrals, castles and chateaus.

Traveling in a Europe at peace these days evokes both historical and literary allusions. As with the infrastructure and engineering of the late Roman Empire right before its erosion, the Continent rests at its pinnacle of technological achievement.

There is a Roman Empire-like sameness throughout Europe in fashion, popular culture and government protocol — a welcome change from the deadly fault lines of 1914 and 1939.

Yet, as in the waning days of Rome, there is a growing uncertainly beneath the European calm.

The present generation has inherited the physical architecture and art of a once-great West — cathedrals, theaters and museums. But it seems to lack the confidence that it could ever create the conditions to match, much less exceed, such achievement.

The sense of depression in Europe reminds one of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien’s description of the mythical land of Gondor in his epic fantasy “The Lord of the Rings.” Gondor’s huge walls, vaunted traditions and rich history were testaments that it once served as bulwark of a humane Middle-earth.

But by the novel’s time, the people of Gondor had become militarily and spiritually enfeebled by self-doubt, decades of poor governance, depopulation and indifference, paradoxically brought on by wealth and affluence.

Europeans are similarly confused about both their past and present. They claim to be building a new democratic culture. But the governing elites of the European Union prefer fiats to plebiscites. They are terrified of popular protest movements. And they consider voters little more than members of reckless mobs that cannot be properly taught what is good for them.

Free speech is increasingly problematic. It is more dangerous for a European citizen to publicly object to illegal immigration than for a foreigner to enter Europe illegally.

Elites preach the idea of open borders. But people on the street concede that they have no way of assimilating millions of immigrants from the Middle East into European culture. Most come illegally, en masse, and without the education or skills to integrate successfully.

Oddly, less wealthy Central and Eastern Europeans are more astutely skeptical of mass immigration than wealthier but less rational Western Europeans.

Europeans claim to believe in democratic redistribution, but apparently not on an international level. They are torn apart over a poorer Mediterranean Europe wishing to share in the lifestyles of their northern cousins without necessarily emulating the latter’s discipline and work ethic.

Germany wishes to be the good leader that can live down its past by virtue-signaling its tolerance. Yet Berlin does so in an overbearing, almost traditional Prussian fashion. It rams down the throat of its neighbors its politically correct policies on Middle Eastern immigration, mandatory green energy, virtual disarmament, mercantilist trade and financial bailouts. Rarely has such a socialist nation been so hyper-capitalist and chauvinist in piling up trade surpluses.

The world quietly assumes that the rich and huge European Union cannot and will not do much about unscrupulous Chinese trade practices, radical Islamic terrorism, or Iranian and North Korean nuclear proliferation.

Such problems are left to the more uncouth Americans. That unspoken dependency might explain why many Europeans quietly concede that the hated Donald Trump’s deterrent foreign policy and his economic growth protocols could prove in the long term a better deal for Europe than were the beloved Barack Obama’s lead-from-behind and redistributionist agendas.

The European Union’s sole reason to be is to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 20th century, in which many millions of Europeans were slaughtered in world wars, death camps and the great communist terror in Russia.

Yet paradoxically, the European reaction to the gory past often results in an extreme Western sybaritic lifestyle that in itself leads to decline.

European religion has been recalibrated into a secular and agnostic political correctness. Child-raising, if done, is often a matter of having one child in one’s late 30s. Buying a home and getting a job depend more on government ministries than on individual daring and initiative.

Yet the more credible European lesson from the last century’s catastrophes is that too few 20th-century European democracies stayed militarily vigilant. In the 1930s, too few of them felt confident enough in Western democratic values to confront existential dangers in their infancy like Hitler and Stalin.

Atheistic nihilism and a soulless modernism — not religious piety and a reverence for custom and tradition — fueled German and Italian fascism and Russian communism.

Contrary to politically correct dogma, Christianity, military deterrence, democracy and veneration of a unique past did not destroy Europe.

Instead, the culprit of European decline was the very absence of such ancient values — both then and now.

• Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won” (Basic Books, 2017).


  1. The communique says it all:

    That communiqué contains commitments on exchanging approaches for fair tax systems and fighting tax evasion, fighting protectionism, reducing trade barriers, establishing strong health systems, promoting growth in developing economies, and ending sexual and gender-based violence, among other issues.

  2. ...and ending sexual and gender-based violence, among other issues. says it all. Just another PC waste of time.

  3. The EU has more problems than " ending sexual and gender-based violence, among other issues."

  4. CONCLUSION statement of G7 meeting;


    28. We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, and, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind.

    We would like to thank our citizens, civil society, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the Formal G7 Engagement Groups and other partners for their meaningful input to Canada’s presidency.

    We welcome the offer of the President of France to host our next Summit in 2019 and his pledge to continue G7 leadership on our common agenda.

    1. It has Trudeau’s finger prints all over it.

    2. G7 Conclusion statement: let’s all hang together so we won’t hang separately.

  5. Pretty Boy Trudeau thought he could play Trump behind his back after he left the G7 meeting. Trump could not believe his luck. On his way to make Kim an offer he can't refuse, Trump saw an opportunity to emphasize to Kim that Trump is no one to fuck with. Trudeau leading with his chin gave Trump the opening. Kim will notice as will Trudeau when Trump returns.

  6. Trump is not playing the game with the EU that it is playing with the UK on Brexit.

  7. Reverie Tracker around the world is witnessing heavy play on Kim's borrowed limo getting blown up, or his rent-a plane getting brought down by a surface to air missile.

    Odds running about 50/50 now.

  8. Trump called their bluff and said no tariffs and no exclusions, free and reciprocal trade. They all gulped. Why? The big lie is that the US should not care about the trade deficit because the cash generated by our deficit to the benefit of the surplus country is reinvested in the US. All that means is the investing country has an economic claim against the cash generated by the investment which will be repatriated.

    If US trade deficits are not important, why are all the surplus countries so determined to maintain their surplus?


    1. Resistance is futile, learn Chinese!


      1930: By 1930, the ascendancy of the United States was clear. China, then reeling from social disorder and civil strife, still remained the second largest economy, but trailed the United States by approximately two thirds. There was little difference between China and the next three largest economies, Germany, the United Kingdom and India (Figure 5).

      1980: Half a century later, in 1980, the United States retained a similar lead, but now over second-ranked Japan. Germany was a close third, followed by Italy and France. India ranked ninth, approximately 30 percent ahead of 10th ranked China. Then the Deng Xiaoping era was getting underway (Figure 6), leading to China’s resurgence back towards the top.

      2010: China's ascendancy was obvious by 2010, reaching within 20 percent of the United States, which remained number one. This had been a dramatic reversal, since China's GDP had been little more than one tenth that of the United States only 30 years earlier (1980). India was also restored to a leadership position, ranking third. Japan was fourth and Germany was fifth (Figure 7).

      2015: The 2015 IMF projections show China to have recovered first-place after at least a 125 year hiatus. The United States was second, approximately four percent behind China. India, Japan and Germany remained in third, fourth and fifth place (Figure 8). The BRIIC developing nations are in the top 10, with Russia, Brazil and Indonesia ranking sixth through eighth (in addition to China and India in first and third place). Two other powers of Europe round out the top 10, the United Kingdom and France.


  9. The huge trade deficits bring a whole new meaning to the term “nation building.”

  10. Kim will want to end the war with a Peace Treaty.

    What need of all those American troops on the peninsula if the war is over.

    Then he will blather on about denuclearization. What need of American nukes in the area if we are now at peace ?

    Cultural exchanges and some food exchanges will be arranged.

    That's all the Magic 8 ball is showing me.

    My Magic 8 Ball is way better than Q's Magic 8 Ball, which remains silent, stumped.

  11. Hey, Doug, I read the rats are beginning to leave the lave tubes on the Big Island.

    NOW is your chance, my young fellow.

    1. I have no choice: They're moving in here!

  12. Question of the Day ? :

    How many ordinary Air China seats would it take to adequately accommodate Kim's fat ass on a normal Air China flight ?

    1. Extra-points - what about the lavatory facilities ?

    2. Will the aircraft provide a 'comfort room' just for Kim Fatso ?

    3. With Japanese women to even up the score.

  13. This Explains that Deep Bow to the King=> Saudis Gave the Obama Team Suitcases of Jewels Before Muslim Apology Tour


    1. One suitcase of jewels is pretty much the same as another suitcase of jewels, in my experience.

      Doesn't impress me.

    2. The Norks would immediately get sick on McDonald's food. It the true Yankee way, offer a poison pill as a gift.

    3. Put a drone right through his lazy wazey hazey window.

  14. VIDEO —> Justin Trudeau’s Fake Eyebrow Slides Off During Presser


    1. ...also evident in Deuce's video above.

    2. Sometimes John Bolton's left moustache slips.

      That's even worse.

      That is downright embarrassing.

  15. The Left and the media, hoping the Trump/Kim meeting ends in disaster, are losing their minds.


  17. Dennis Rodman is deep undercover CIA, I've got that much figgered out.

    It is so obvious when one first sees it.

  18. He told reporters he would "know within a minute" whether Mr Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear weapons.

    Mr Trump enjoyed a working lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, during which he was presented with an early birthday cake.

    The US president turns 72 on Thursday.

  19. I am sure Hillary would have done just as well at Singapore, under the guidance of Bill and with close consultation with Kenyatta.

  20. I wonder if Justin secretly helped?

  21. REPORT:

    Complete denuclearization. Trump will have to guarantee safety of Kim and North Korea.

  22. Justin has been busy readjusting his eyebrows and picking out a pair of socks.

  23. A shame that Trump could not stick around in Quebec to hear more lectures on gender equality.

  24. Pompeo to make followup meeting with high level NorK official.

  25. Trump and Kim to leave the past behind.

  26. Trump showed Kim his armored car.

  27. South and North Korea to suspend all hostilities and change DMZ to peace zone.

  28. Pompeo to go to South Korea and China to consult and advise.

  29. I apologize for not recognizing the talents of
    Hillary Rodham Clinton or not putting my trust in Christ on a Harley.

  30. i am sure Mueller will be raiding some Chinese restaurants in DC to investigate Trump's connections.

  31. Guardian reports:

    battered phoenix is struggling to rise from the ashes of the G7 fiasco. It is diplomacy, Trump-style. The American president in Singapore today appears determined, against all odds, to cut some sort of deal to denuclearise North Korea. To him, the G7 summit in Canada was a pointless gathering of political toffs. North Korea is different. He has made it his own. Having proposed a deal, then cancelled it, then proposed it again, failure would be glaring.

    Donald Trump’s diplomacy would be fascinating were it not so dangerous. Dealings between modern states are about rules and courtesies for a good reason. They are better than war. Trump left Québec insulting his host as “dishonest” and a back-stabber, and scattering blood-curdling threats of trade sanctions at his closest allies. What he was really doing was calling their bluff. To him, G7’s cosy chats are a waste of time, not least because the two powers that really matter, Russia and China, are not there...

    1. ...Can Trump pander to this man’s vanity, while understanding that success will pander to his own? It cannot be beyond the bounds of negotiation to sequence North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, dismantling and verification against America’s sanctions relaxation, troop withdrawal and aid. In the middle stands a key figure – South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in – with a massive interest in peace. It should be doable, and the old methods have not done it.

      The one virtue of Trump’s diplomatic style is blatancy. It turns its back on politesse. It is loud, personal, real and leaves little scope for misunderstanding. Just conceivably it could be the one diplomacy that Kim understands. If not, Trump will have failed, and his G7 vulgarities will have been re-emphasised by naivety. But if he pulls it off, he will have secured a real coup. He could justly claim that his methods have made the world a safer place. It will be back to the drawing board for traditional diplomacy.

      • Simon Jenkins is a Guardian staff columnist

  32. CNN

    Analysis: The Trump-Kim agreement is "weaker" on nukes than previous commitments
    Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN the language on denuclearization in the agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un Tuesday is surprisingly weak.

    "It is no stronger and in fact considerably weaker than previous NK commitments on the nuclear issue ... I quite frankly expected something tougher than this," Mount said.
    He added there was no mention of verifiable or irreversible denuclearization in the Singapore summit agreement.

    But it's not a failure: Mount added that this doesn't mean the Trump-Kim meeting was a failure by any means. "If the summit genuinely results in continued interactions, that result in a reduction of tension on the Peninsula, it will be seen as a success," he told CNN.

  33. Robert Di Nero is in a fetal position with one thumb in his mouth and the other in his ass.

  34. The vast majority of Americans support President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, according to a poll released on Monday that shows 71 percent approve.

    An even larger majority — 75 percent — see North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as a “major threat,” according to the Pew Research Center poll conducted in October.

  35. McCain, Flake push back on Trump's call for Russia to rejoin the G7.

  36. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un concluded a day of talks in Singapore by signing what the U.S. president described as a 'very comprehensive' document. Trump did not go into further detail about the contents of the agreement that was likely a framework for further talks. 'People are going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy, and we're going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world, Trump said at the signing. 'And I want to thank chairman Kim. Spent a lot of time together today, very intensive time.' The U.S. president said he would 'absolutely' be willing to host Kim at the White House after today's talks, telling a room full of journalists representing American and North Korean outlets, 'This is going to lead to more and more and more and it's an honor to be with you a very great honor.' 'We'll meet again. We'll meet many times,' he said.

    Dennis Rodman CRIES live on CNN as he reveals how Obama REJECTED him but Trump's White House 'called him on day of historic talks and thanked him for helping with North Korea'


  37. Trump and Kim Jong-un sign 'historic document': What the joint statement says in full


  38. Masterful press conference by Trump.

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    1. Does seem it went well, though exactly what has been agreed to leaves me scratching my head. Some denuking document has been signed.

      'commits to work towards denuclearization' whatever that means.

      Hard to give this chapter anything other than a good passing grade.

      Even Quirk and Ash should do so.

  40. Kim Fatso needs a bigger limo.

    He had trouble getting his huge gut out of the one he's using.

  41. By the way, what did we actually get out of all this hoopla ?

  42. Time will tell, but it is absurd that Washington has not been able to resolve a conflict 65 years since the end of hostilities.

  43. June 12, 2018

    Kim Jong-un flies home to sell the deal to the North Korean ruling elite

    By Thomas Lifson

    It looks as though President Trump won over Kim Jong-un in Singapore, but now Kim has to sell the deal to the Pyongyang power elite. The stick of a threat of "fire and fury" (meaning the military destruction of the regime) and the carrot of wealth – like that of glittering Singapore, where Kim took the opportunity for sightseeing, including a lavish casino run by the Sheldon Adelson's Sands corporation – certainly worked on the dictator.

    At his press conference, President Trump mentioned that he had shown a video to Kim illustrating the wealth that could lie ahead for Kim and his regime with an opening to the world. He also showed off his limousine, known as The Beast, apparently impressing him with its massiveness. Kim Jong-un clearly loves the boys' toys of modernity.

    I have long believed that the fact that Kim spent his formative years in a Swiss boarding school was a huge opportunity, for the rest of the North Korean elite has no such exposure to the West. But in order for this deal to move forward and realize its potential, Kim is going to have to convince the rest of the Pyongyang power elite to go along and risk destruction of their nuclear security blanket and some degree of openness to the international world, including intrusive inspection visits and trade. The people who command military and police units (some of whom have been replaced with KJU loyalists),those who control key state enterprises, and those who are able to supply bribes – luxury goods from the West, mainly, but also food – must go along, or else, as my colleague Rick Moran put it this morning, "[d]on't be surprised if Kim doesn't wake up one morning."

    The North Korean regime is best understood as a gangster operation, holding power solely through intimidation and financing itself largely through illicit activities – massive counterfeiting (of hard currencies, especially dollars) and drug-running. These mainstays are not going to last if this deal moves forward. So what can replace them? First and foremost, Korean laborers. The North Korean regime already dabbled in contract labor, supplying North Korean workers to certain Middle East locations in the past, and also to a now shuttered but potentially revived industrial park for South Korean enterprises just over the border in North Korea.

    1. Right now, it appears that sanctions have been so successful that North Korea is literally running out of money. So the members of the ruling elite already have been tightening their belts. My strong suspicion is that some of the other meetings that have taken pace preceding the agreement signed in Singapore included discussion of the sources of income that would open to North Korea if it behaves as promised.

      This is a key moment in the history of the North Korean regime. It has the example of China maintaining a corrupt ruling elite in the midst of economic liberalization. It also has been unable to keep out foreign media as thoroughly as in the past – cell phones, video-players, and memory sticks have brought South Korean soap operas to a substantial portion of the population, according to various reports. If so, I suspect that the elite – all except the old guard that is being purged – understands that the old way of doing things cannot survive. Trump's genius was in recognizing that the time is right for change, and in managing to line up all the ducks with China, South Korea, and Japan to make an offer to Kim and his backers that they can't refuse.

      I never once expected that I'd ever be rooting for Kim Jong-un. But such is the vision of Donald Trump that he has worked me into that position. If he can maintain his power and lead his nation into openness and destruction of its nuclear arsenal, that will be a huge win for the entire world.


    2. What can one do but hope for the best ?

      Here's hoping for the best.

    3. June 12, 2018

      Trump's statesmanship surprise

      By David Prentice

      Nobody knew. None of us saw it. Among his biggest supporters, maybe a handful suspected it. Many of us expected the economic renewal of the U.S. to happen. Many of us foresaw a significant roll back of Saint Barack's horrid, destructive agenda. A lot of us hoped for a major push back on the left.

      All of which we have gotten.

      None of us, no one I have read, no one I know, expected Donald Trump to be a giant in foreign policy. No one expected him to reshape the world. Yet Donald Trump, in a short time, is doing so.

      That was supposed to be one of the reasons to vote against him. He had no foreign policy experience. He did not understand the world. He was going to lead us into wars. He would be taken advantage of by our enemies. He would ruin our alliances. He would be a rube. A bumpkin. An embarrassment. That was what we were told.

      Well. Guess what, NeverTrumps!..........

      Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/trumps_statesmanship_surprise.html#ixzz5IFrKyXoW

      Yeah, take that, Quirk, Ash.

      Praises to Trump all over the internet today.

    4. Here's more:

      On North Korea, Trump is solving problems he inherited, yet Democrats who caused the problems can't stop complaining - 6/12/18
      With the Singapore summit underway between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the left just can't stop complaining. More


  44. One more from AT:

    June 12, 2018
    Dear stupid media: North Korean denuclearization is a foregone conclusion
    By Pat Patterson

    With the historic meeting of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, there has been the expected typhoon of naysayers and pundits caterwauling about whether North Korea will willingly give up its nuclear weapon ambitions after a single meeting. Does it take a simpleton like me to point out to these morons the obvious reasons why it's a foregone conclusion?

    Let me type slowly for those at the dinosaur media (including Fox) so that they can catch up to reality.

    Along with the mud-slinging between Trump and Kim, there was also backroom dealing going on. Trump was, and the media knew, pressuring China to get involved – basically telling Xi Jinping to get his lackey (Kim) under control. Why has that fallen on deaf ears and atrophied brains?

    Trump knew full well what would get China to act: the potential of full-throttle restrictions on Chinese imports to the United States – cars, phones, televisions, shirts, sandals, and every other cheap wristwatch. The tariffs on steel and aluminum were the warning shot. Are the "pundits" even able to acknowledge this? Certainly, they understand that even a partial restriction on Chinese imports would disrupt their economy. But I may give them too much credit.

    On every channel, every hour, every pasty buffoon was carping about "would North Korea really give up the nukes?" Dear Lord, save them from themselves. That question was answered after the second visit to China by Kim. Does any sentient being doubt that if China said get rid of the nukes, North Korea would balk? The logic is so simple that I can't believe the "pundits" are incapable of grasping it. Do they really need their intellectual barf so bad to ensure more appearances on political talking-head media? Dumb question.

    China needs our money to continue building its military. Trump says we'll cut it off if the Chinese don't get North Korea to give up the nukes. China tells the Norks to give up the nukes. The Norks complain about needing protection from the West. China says we got your back and conveys that to Trump – much the same way we protect Alaska and Hawaii. Got it? What country in its right mind would attack a protectorate of China? None, since the transfer of our missile technology to China under Clinton in the '90s.

    Long story short: The Trump economy is the driving force in the world today. Everyone wants a piece of this pie. Trump will parlay that power to its maximum effect. China knows it. Merkel knows it. As does eyebrow boy up north.

    Trump knows that the Nork missiles are going away. He wouldn't have gone to the summit if he didn't. He also knows we won't be putting any nukes in South Korea or Japan, as a nod to China once North Korea destroys its own. But at that point, who needs them?


  45. Trump bitch slapped DeNiro today. Said he’s been hit too many times by REAL boxers in the movies. Called him “punchy.”

  46. Great economy, peace abroad.

    I'm beginning to wonder what the Democrats have left to bitch about ?

    Something about some hooker I guess.....

    1. I know.

      I'll ask Quirk, and Ash.

      Quirk, Ash, what you guys got left to bitch about ?

    2. Record low unemployment is irrelevant because of stagnant wage growth.

  47. Heh

    McCabe sues DoJ, says he was unjustly fired....

  48. Prices in America are rising at their fastest pace since 2012.

    The US consumer prices index rose to 2.8% per annum in May, up from 2.5% in April.


    Prices rose by 0.2% during the month.

    Core inflation (which strips out volatile items) rose to 2.2%, another sign that inflationary pressure are building.

  49. Without a job you don't have a wage to stagnate.

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