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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Boys Will be Boys... And Girls will be Girls!

** Silverfiddle Post **

After Hollywood's Girl Power orgy of lectures and flamboyant virtue signaling at the Golem Globs, some sanity from France:

"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not -- nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack," said the letter published in the daily Le Monde.
"Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss"
Source: French star Deneuve defends men's 'right' to chat up women
Please go read the short article. You can also read the even shorter Letter, English Translation.
I find the candor refreshing. What the hell is wrong with our society, and why can't we speak frankly as the French women did in their letter? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Everyone has the Right to Be Here”

From the El Lay Times...
"Federal immigration agents targeted nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the nation for audits and inspections Wednesday, including several locations in Los Angeles, as the Trump administration ramps up workplace raids to punish employers hiring people who are in the country illegally."
Here’s the money quote, provided by “Imelda Vargas, who works for the dry cleaner across the street,” and “said it wasn’t right for immigration agents to target the store’s workers.”

“Everyone has the right to be here, to work,” she said in Spanish.

Why would this woman believe and espouse such an absurd statement that has no basis in law or fact?

Monday, January 15, 2018

TPS: Taxpayers Pendejos Siempre

These two stories piss me off.

President Orders 200,000 Salvadorans to Leave US

Trump Administration Sends Haiti Earthquake Victims Home

We are a Generous Nation

We shelter the poor and unfortunate and give billions to help people around the world. We offer “temporary protection,” and instead of being thanked, we are assaulted with howls of indignation and condemnation when someone in the Trump Administration announces the program is ending and the people need to go  home.

* 60,000 Haitians reside here temporarily because of an earthquake in 2010.

* 200,000 Salvadorans have resided here temporarily since 2001!

programs with durations of eight years and 18 years! I didn't spend 18 years in my parents' home I grew up in.

Only dysfunctional DC could produce such pathos-drenched cluster-kludge kabuki over a "crisis" provoked by a "temporary" program ending. Most "refugees" and protected status individual snuck in here illegally and skipped over multiple nations to get here. Mexico's not good enough? Sly operatives in the Government-sponsored Human Trafficking Complex knew they could put on the puppy dog eyes via the Infotainment Media Complex to play on our sympathies when it came time for these poor unfortunates to go.

This is a grotesque, operatic abuse of the generosity of taxpaying Americans. 

If we can’t send people back home after 18 years of a temporary program, when can we? Why not be honest and say, “Never!”

When will the Isle of Perpetual Misery known as Haiti ever be recovered enough to send these people home? By definition, “Never.”

The 200,000 Salvadorans here have produced 192,000 American citizens...

...the first wave of whom are becoming eligible to vote. Who’s up for deporting the parents of these US citizens?

Progressive pick-pockets are inviting guests to expensive banquets at our expense, branding them with Democrat party logos, and lapping up the votes. 

This. Must. End.
No more bringing people into this nation to create little anchor citizens. When disaster strikes in a foreign land, we roll in, create camps with food, clean water, sanitary facilities and even schools for the displaced children. We feed and house them safely and humanely and even help rebuild devastated communities.

No more US-sponsored Hunger Games where we reward the survivors who treck across multiple nations to break our borders and live an un-earned existence as a de facto self-made US citizen.

It is also time for some harsh fact-facing

Mexico and Central America are lands of many blessings, but they are ravaged by official corruption and criminal gangs. The United States must be a partner in helping our neighbors to the south, but we must also stop being the safety valve. At some point, people in those lands need to get their shit together, demand more from their governments and clean up their act.

We have to end this cynical game played by progressives and globalists. Immigration, yes! But on our terms, not dictated by heartstring-plucking exploiters, political criminals and cynical manipulators.

Think I’m being cruel? 
Read this story and weep. US Government bungling has created in the leafy neighborhoods of this nation the heartbreaking scenario of Central American immigrant families menaced by the very gangs they thought they had escaped.

Welcome to America.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Musical Interlude

[For politics, please scroll down]

For your listening pleasure this weekend, enjoy 25 Preludes, Opus 31 by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888), performed by the award-winning Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen:

Book I
1. Lentement (Slowly), C major
2. Assez lentement (quite slowly), F minor 1:55
3. Dans le genre ancien (In the ancient genre), D-flat major 3:50
4. Prière du soir (Evening prayer) , F-sharp minor 5:59
5. Psaume 150me (Psalm 150), D major 7:23
6. Ancienne mélodie de la synagogue (Ancient melody of the synagogue), G minor 9:42
7. Librement mais sans secousses (Freely but without bumps), E-flat major 13:41
8. Le chanson de la folle au bord de la mer (The song of the insane woman by the sea), A-flat minor 15:17
9. Placiditas (Gently), E major 18:11

Book II
10. Dans le style fugué (In the fugue style), A minor 20:00
11. Un petit rien (A little nothing), F major 21:12
12. Le temps qui n'est plus (Times that are no more), B-flat minor 22:22
13. J'étais endormie, mais mon cœur veillait (I was asleep, but my heart was awake), G-flat major 23:43
14. Rapidement (Quickly), B minor 26:15
15. Dans le genre gothique (In the gothic genre), G major 28:19
16 Assez lentement (Very slowly), C minor 30:12
17. Rêve d'amour (Dream of love), A-flat major 31:20

Book III
18. Sans trop de mouvement (Without too much movement), C-sharp minor 33:03
19. Prière du matin (Morning prayer), A major 35:52
20. Modérement vite et bien caracterise (Moderately fast and with spirit), D minor 36:28
21. Doucement (Gently), B-flat major 37:50
22. Anniversaire (Anniversary), E-flat minor 39:15
23. Assez vite (Quite fast), B major 41:41
24. Étude de velocite (Velocity study), E minor 43:05
25. Prière (Prayer) , C major 45:02

[more information about the composer and these preludes HERE at Musical Musings and HERE at Wikipedia]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

White Culture

[WARNING! Exploring this blog post will take time. Please do not comment until you have thoroughly explored all of this blog post]

From Infidel Bloggers Alliance....

Diablo Valley College professor calls Trump a "white supremacist" and says "only white people" should stand for Anthem

[See details at DVC Professor Calls For Violent Overthrow Of “White Supremacist” America]


Question: Does either of the above approaches serve a good purpose?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Days are Here Again!

** A Silverfiddle Post **

President Trump has unleashed the animal spirits of our economy. African American unemployment is at a record-low 6.8%.

Innovation + Productivity = Economic Miracle

Warren Buffett’s Time Essay gives us the most accurate and concise explanation of the economic miracle known as the United States of America. It is a message of hope that the greatest economic powerhouse the world has ever known will continue its unprecedented championship run.
“Two words explain this miracle: innovation and productivity. Conversely, were today’s Americans doing the same things in the same ways as they did in 1776, we would be leading the same sort of lives as our forebears.
“To all this good news there is, of course, an important offset: in our 241 years, the progress that I’ve described has disrupted and displaced almost all of our country’s labor force. If that level of upheaval had been foreseen–which it clearly wasn’t–strong worker opposition would surely have formed and possibly doomed innovation. How, Americans would have asked, could all these unemployed farmers find work?
“We know today that the staggering productivity gains in farming were a blessing. They freed nearly 80% of the nation’s workforce to redeploy their efforts into new industries that have changed our way of life.”
One of the many beauties of our nation is how our economy does organically “redeploy” workers to “new industries;” indeed that is one sign of a healthy, robust economy. Easy to do in boom times, but bad times leave cast-off workers mired in unemployment and despair. We are entering boom times, and we can’t allow all the hoopla to drown out the forgotten people.

Buffett closes his short essay with an optimistic challenge:
“The market system, however, has also left many people hopelessly behind, particularly as it has become ever more specialized. These devastating side effects can be ameliorated: a rich family takes care of all its children, not just those with talents valued by the marketplace.
“In the years of growth that certainly lie ahead, I have no doubt that America can both deliver riches to many and a decent life to all. We must not settle for less.”
I agree. How do we do this?

How do we "ameliorate" the "devastating side effects" and help those left behind catch up?

How do we build an America that will “deliver riches to many and a decent life to all?”

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

One of my Facebook finds. Enjoy!

The above was posted by one of my former homeschool students.  Today he is an accomplished pipe-organ musician and composer — with a doctorate in Musical Composition. He observed as follows:
love the reference to the Waldstein Sonata in the Beethoven section.
For those unfamiliar with the Waldstein Sonata, that work is below the fold.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bannon Does Damage?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, already a bestseller before its release date of January 9, 2018.

See Trump Bannon row: 11 explosive claims from new book (BBC). The eleven explosive claims:
1. Bannon thought Don Jr meeting 'treasonous'

2. Trump 'befuddled' by his victory

3. Trump 'angry' at inauguration

4. Trump loved 'pursuing' friends' wives

5. Trump found White House 'scary'

6. Ivanka hopes to be president

7. Ivanka mocks dad's 'comb-over'

8. White House unsure of priorities

9. Trump's admiration for Murdoch

10. Murdoch calls Trump 'idiot'

11. Flynn knew Russia ties 'a problem'
Read the details about each of the above points HERE in the full article.

Late yesterday: Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over 'disparaging' comments (ABC News).

Additional reading: criticism of author Michael Wolff, including In its review of Wolff's book Burn Rate, Brill's Content criticized Wolff for "apparent factual errors" and said that 13 people, including subjects he mentioned, complained that Wolff had "invented or changed quotes" (Wikipedia)

and Michael Wolff’s Trump book: The latest in a career of controversy (Washington Post).

Welcome to the world of tabloid politics!

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Finally back to sitting up without nodding off!  Please scroll down for active threads.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trump's First Year In Office

The graphic below comes from the WaPo article How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy (Click directly on the graphic to enlarge it):

Read the entire article HERE.

President Trump may not be an ideological conservative, but sometimes he takes a pragmatically-conservative position in governance.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Ready or not, here comes 2018:

All of us on the blogging team here at Always On Watch wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

Now it's your turn. Answer one or more.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"The Narrative"?

Is the term the narrative actually a euphemism for the latest political lie harped upon ad nauseam?

Pick any "narrative." Is that narrative aligned by political party or is that narrative not aligned by political party?

Recent narratives...

Democrats: "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will hit the middle class hard and panders to the rich."

Republicans: "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 gives tax breaks to the middle class, and the tax breaks for the rich will stimulate the economy."

Is not one of the above so-called narratives an outright lie?  Hmmmmm?


Additional reading and worth your time: Trump's Tax Plan and How It Would Affect You.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Visitor

Posted by Warren

(Originally posted on "Longrange" for Christmas 2004)

4:00 am 12/24/04

There was a knock on my front door which startled me awake. My dogs were barking which required my dire threats to quieten them as I answered the door.

Maybe you have heard of our weather and the unusually cold temperatures and large amount of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours. I live just south of Interstate 64 in Southern Indiana and you may have seen the news about the closed Interstate and stranded motorists on the national news.

A man in his early fifties, about my own age, stood at the door. He was wearing tennis shoes, jeans, a field jacket and sock hat. His glasses were frosted and his pale white hands and reddened knuckles gave witness that he wore no gloves.

He told me he was lost and asked for directions to a certain address. I told him that he missed his mark by a mile and a half and asked him where his car was. He said he was walking.

I invited him in and sat a chair for him by the warm air from the furnace vent. He was shivering uncontrollably and a faint whiff of alcohol was on his breath. I asked if I could fix him something to eat but he refused and accepted a hot cup of coffee.

My wife talked to him as he warmed himself and I could hear him speaking as I prepared his fresh coffee.

My son heard his voice and came into the living room to sit and listen, and to watch, just in case.

His story unfolded.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Musical Interlude

How about some easy listening?  Here is The Dean Martin Christmas Album in its entirety (Reprise Records, 1966; reissued, Sony Music CMG CD, 2017):

All the tracks in order: "White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "I’ll Be Home for Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Marshmallow World," "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "The Things We Did Last Summer," and "Silent Night."  Of these selections, "Silver Bells" is my personal favorite.

About this album from the blog I Love Dino Martin, a blog site to which I occasionally contribute as a guest blogger.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bill Whittle on The Narrative: The origins of Political Correctness

There are several ongoing narratives. In the 2012 video below, Bill Whittle explains the Marxist background behind the ongoing narratives pushing the world to the Left:

Note that, since this video was first posted, how some of the mentioned narratives are now accepted as infallible truths — even by those who pride themselves on not falling for false narratives.