Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

(If you must have politics, please scroll down.  I posted yesterday)

Photographs by Among the Ruin (sites on Facebook and on Flickr):

The Pumpkin Tender


Mausoleum in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Please take a few moments to visit Among the Ruin's sites, linked at the top of this blog post. He specializes in photographing abandoned sites.

About the October 31, 2014 edition of  The Gathering Storm Radio Show:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Midweek Political Satire

(Note: Active open thread HERE)

Satire — and the wry truth.

With a hat tip to IMAO:


Short video published on YouTube on July 17, 2014:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Open Thread


So, what's on your mind one week before the November 2014 elections?

Here is your chance to vent, but please observe the guidelines listed below the fold:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bank Account Seizures By The IRS

(Two posts today.  Please scroll down)

On the grounds of suspicion, no crime required.

From Bunkerville (citing the New York Times):
For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report....
I almost always make deposits of less than $10,000. Furthermore, because of the nature of my small business, I make frequent deposits (mostly checks). I'm probably safe on this one. So far.

Still our government keeps stepping outside the bounds of our Constitution.

How long are WE THE PEOPLE going to submit to creeping tyranny?

Duncan Lied To The 2nd ER Nurse

Read the article and watch the 60 Minutes video HERE.

Did Duncan also lie to the first nurse he saw two days earlier at Texas Presbyterian Hospital?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Amazing Mother Nature! (Good And Bad)

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Spiders apparently know how to harness the power of music. Spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies so that, when plucked like a guitar string, its sound carries information about prey, mates, and even the structural integrity of a web. (Photo : Pixabay)
At this time of year here in the D.C. area, we are nearly overrun with spiders.

I don't suffer from arachnophobia, but I don't like spiders, either.  Still, in many ways, they are amazing creatures.

Over on Dr. Oliver Sacks's Facebook page last summer, I found the following fascinating information about spiders:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Policy Change?

According to U.S. considering quarantine for returning Ebola health workers: CDC (dated the evening of October 24, 2014):

Islam: The Murder Machine

(hat tip to Stogie of Saberpoint for the first graphic below)


A non-comprehensive list of deadly deeds committed by the sons of Allah in the name of Allah (most from the list below, from this October 23, 2014, article in the New York Times):

Oct. 23, 2014: New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack [details]

Oct. 22, 2014: Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

Oct. 20, 2014: Hit-and-Run Kills Canadian Soldier

Sept. 26, 2014: ISIS Lieutenant Tries to Coordinate Attacks in Australia

Sept. 25, 2014: Woman Is Beheaded in Oklahoma

May 24, 2014: 3 Shot Dead at Jewish Museum in Brussels

May 22, 2013: Attack Near Military Barracks in South London [UK soldier beheaded]

March 2012: Gunman Kills 7, Including 3 Soldiers, in France

November 2009, July 2011, and April 2014: Fort Hood Attacks [Yes, THREE jihad attacks on Fort Hood]

June 1, 2009: Gunman Kills Soldier Outside Arkansas Recruiting Station

Go to THIS LINK to read the details about most of the above events.

The common thread is Islam. Denial doesn't change that fact.

I'll end this post with the graphic below:


Open your eyes, see the truth.


Recommended reading: The Religion of Peace.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nothing New Under The Sun

Yes, this 2014 election cycle is a contentious one. It's tradition and predates the founding of America!

The Polling by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

From Folger Magazine:
Public fascination with elections is as old as politics itself. In the seventeenth century, the press was increasingly filled with election pamphlets offering advice on whom to vote for and even more importantly whom to oppose.

Printed election material originated in the 1640s, reflecting public interest in the political process, especially in a time of civil war and domestic upheaval. Secrecy surrounding politics had broken down; votes needed to be earned and voters persuaded. Elections became increasingly contested and divided along party lines.

Even voting itself was not a secret process in early modern England. The poll book, at right, published the names of all the voters in London and which candidates and party they voted for in 1710. Each voter was able to cast one vote (indicated at right by a dash) for each of the four seats up for grabs in their constituency. Some crossed party lines, but the vast majority followed a party ticket.
See the rest of the article HERE.

So, carry on.

In less than two weeks will begin the Monday morning quarterbacking, immediately followed by the pontificating about the next election, the 2016 National Election. It's like riding a political carousel.

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In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.”

FEATURED QUESTION: Midterm Elections 2014

(This blog post will remain here for a few days. Please scroll down for other material)

Everybody and his brother seems to have their own sets of predictions for the November 4 National Intelligence Test, otherwise knows as Election Day.

FEATURED QUESTION: What do you predict for the outcome of Election Day 2014? Your answer may be general or specific.

[Before commenting, know that this blog will no longer accept comments about Ebola unless such comments are posted to these threads. Thank you]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COMMENT MODERATION

NOTICE TO COMMENTERS: DURING THIS PRE-ELECTION SEASON OF SCREECHING AND PERSONAL DIATRIBES, COMMENT MODERATION WILL BE INTERMITTENTLY IN EFFECT AT THIS BLOG.  APOLOGIES TO THOSE COMMENTERS WHO ARE NOT IN THE ABOVE CATEOGIES.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Notice To Commenters

Unless another outbreak occurs here in the United States, this blog will no longer post about Ebola or, from this time forward, accept any comments about Ebola to any threads other than these.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola Question: Why Aren't We Using The PCR?

To screen every arrival from the Ebola Hot Zone in Africa — or, better yet, to screen before these potential pathogen-carriers board a commercial jetliner in the Hot Zone:
...[W]e can marry quarantine with technology using polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. At a cost of $60 to $200 the test looks for viral particles in the blood and amplifies them millions of folds, picking up most cases of Ebola patients who may still be asymptomatic. While not 100 percent foolproof, the PCR test increases the level of certainty in determining if a patient has an Ebola infection, which can ultimately lead to a more accurate decision...
Read "Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts" in its entirety HERE. There is more information in the article than the above excerpt, including the following:
...[A] recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the first nine months of the 2014 epidemic in West Africa raises concern about the short, often-mentioned 21 post-exposure-day periods in the guidelines. In the journal's study of 4,507 probable and confirmed cases, "approximately 95 percent of the case patients had symptom onset within 21 days of exposure." If we do the math, this means that approximately 5 percent or 225 of the Ebola cases in West Africa had symptoms 21 days after exposure, as reported by the patient or caregiver....
Additional reading: Ebola Protection Guidelines On CDC Website Riddled With Mistakes.

[My unrelated-to-Ebola post today at Infidel Bloggers Alliance: How To Lose A War]

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Some easy listening for this autumn season, when the moonlight really is misty:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Open Thread


So, what's on your mind?

Here is your chance to vent, but please observe the guidelines listed below:

We welcome civil dialogue at Always on Watch. We will delete comments that include any of the following:
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Two matters that have been on my mind: