Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meanwhile, In France... (With Addendum)

(To discuss the 2016 Democratic National Convention, GO HERE)

The church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray

This morning, we have reports that an octogenarian priest was murdered inside a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy. Two attackers wielding knives took five hostages, including the priest. The attackers have been killed by the police.

Some reports state that the priest was beheaded; other reports state that the priest's throat was cut.

Fr. Jacques Hamel

As of this posting time, this attack is being investigated as a terror attack.

Additional information at Zero Hedge.

The sons of Allah doing what the sons of Allah do? Probably. The story is still developing.

Addendum: Isil knifemen 'shouted Daesh and slit priest's throat' in Normandy after taking nuns hostage in church.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Musical Interlude: Ragtime Piano

(For politics, please scroll down)

A little ragtime for this summer weekend:




Nothing says, "Summertime!" better than ragtime piano!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Are Millennials Lazy?


Millennials are typically defined as those born in the early 1990s through the early 2000s and characterized as digitally native, generally enjoy living and working in urban areas.

From The baffling reason many millennials don’t eat cereal (Washington Post, February 23, 2016):
A large contingent of millennials are uninterested in breakfast cereal because eating it means using a bowl, and bowls don't clean themselves (or get tossed in the garbage). Bowls, kids these days groan, have to be cleaned.

Cereal isn't the only food suffering from a national trend toward laziness. Coffee has suffered a similar fate. Despite talk of a third wave of coffee, which values quality above all else, and basks in artisanal rather than effortless methods of preparation, Americans still covet convenience above all else.

"Convenience is the one thing that’s really changing trends these days," Howard Telford, an industry analyst at market research firm Euromonitor, said last year....
More significantly, we read this:
...[H]ow families raise their kids [today] seems to be turning even the most mundane of responsibilities, like doing the dishes, into unthinkable nuisances....
Read the rest HERE.

Stereotyping is simplistic thinking. Still, there does seem to be a trend of despising any physical task as a waste of time. If there's not an app for a task, many Millennials are not interested in pursuing that task.

I don't know about your neighborhood. But here on this block of mega-mansions (all built long after my family settled here), I never see my neighbors' children doing any chores. Everything is hired out — particularly childcare, cleaning the house, and mowing the yard. What's more, only rarely do we see the children here outside.

Whither a society such as this?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The 2016 Republican National Convention

These national conventions are, in large part, pep rallies for the political party and its candidate for President of the United States as well as a public relations show.

I'm too ill to watch much of the coverage, but did manage to watch a bit last night.

As I said at Free Thinke's blog this morning...

Three thoughts:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stoking The Fires

(Note: I rarely publish a post with so many links for readers to explore. But this time, I'm watching my step, especially in the portion below the fold. I don't want to face charges of copyright infringement!)


We don't need inflammatory rhetoric. We don't need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts ... all of us. — Barack Obama (2016)
Video that Gavin Eugene Long (Cosmo Ausar Setepenra) made while in Dallas after the police killings there. The link, from Zero Hedge, includes more information about the Baton Rouge killer.

Note that Gavin Eugene Long was a member of Nation of Islam.

More about Gavin Eugene Long aka Cosmo Ausar Setepenra, including the following:
1. Long, Who Served in the Marines, Registered a Website Under the Name Cosmo Setepenra in April After 2 Years Living in Africa

2. He Went to Dallas After the Attack on Police There & Called Shooter Micah Johnson ‘One of Us’

3. He Dropped Out of College for a ‘Spiritual’ Trip to Africa, His ‘Ancestral Homeland’.
What else is stoking these fires?

Our education system.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Cancer Of Islam

Islamic terrorist attack: Nice, France on July 14, 2016 (Bastille Day).

Jihad by heavy truck, driven by a jihadist who originated from Tunisia and lived in France.

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia.

The jihadist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove the truck for over a mile through the packed street and on the sidewalks.

Metastatic cancer.

Carnage.

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At least 84 dead, including at least two Americans, one of whom was a child.

World War M.

Whether or not the West acknowledges it.


Related reading, including comments: Islam Does This!!! and we've stopped talking about Orlando.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Advice

I was reminded of this October 2000 video by a comment that Kid made at Z's blog (Language warning! If strong language offends you, don't watch this video):


Note: Rules for commenting here at Always On Watch still apply. My blog, my rules.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

One Woman's "Conversation"

From this source:
Va’Shona Dixon went on Facebook and live-streamed her reaction to the police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota that have been at the center of these latest protests.
Here's the video — a bit long, but worth your time:


Another woman's "conversation"...Chicago Activist: We Need to Abolish the Police, Period.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Back To Jim Crow Days?

about Jim Crow laws

I very rarely watch Hannity, but on Friday night I had a touch of insomnia. I tuned into the July 8, 2016 edition of the show.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing from a few of the protesters in Baton Rouge! Saturday morning, I watched the rerun of Hannity to make sure that I had heard what I thought I had heard.

Below is my recollection of what I twice heard:

One middle-aged black man screamed, "The problem is that there isn't a law against a white man killing a black man in this country! We want a law made that a white man can't kill a black man!"

And another, a younger man: "The problem is that we depend on the white man's dollar. We need our own schools, our own banks..."

Yet two more (a man and a woman, so I'm paraphrasing here): "We want justice. The fact of the matter is that we have the video. What more due process do we need?"

Later, I found the video of that particular edition of Hannity. If your schedule permits, watch the first 20 minutes of the video below. The return to Jim Crow portion begins at time marker 15;54, and is a must-see.


We keep hearing "We need to have a conversation about race" and "We have a lot to do."

How can there be such a conversation when emotions are running so high and people are opining as above?

What, exactly, can we do that hasn't already been tried?


Related reading: MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION in Race Relations-How do you overcome incorrect deeply held perceptions?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 7, 2016: Dallas War Zone

Pray for the families of those who were murdered, and for the injured and their families.

Horror on the streets of Dallas as snipers open fire on the police, kill five* officers, and wound seven others at a Black Lives Matter demonstration.  The police were specifically targeted in what appears to have been a carefully orchestrated attack.

It is the the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

As of the time of this blog post, police are still negotiating with and exchanging gunfire with a suspect holed up in a high rise complex.

*updated