Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year! (With Addendum)


I have no desire to rehash political or personal aspects of 2010.

Therefore, I give you, my readers, this rather bland New Year's post. Although only symbolic, the turn of the calendar's page to 2011 comes as a relief to the AOW household.

In these words of Tennyson (selectively edited to suit my own views and my own life situation — never mind the breaking of meter and rhyme):

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Failed Congress

Epic fail.

In so many ways.

Failures that will impact each of us and will be passed on to our posterity. See THIS at Gateway Pundit for more about the 111th Congress.

Nevertheless, Democrats in the House of Representatives have bragged about all the accomplishments of the 111th Congress.

The mainstream media also have done their fair share of bragging about the 111th Congress, as shown in the video below the fold (hat tip to The Lonely Conservative):

This Week On The Gathering Storm

(This post is a weekly announcement. Please scroll down for other postings)

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is "Warchick" Resa LaRu Kirkland.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Willis Has Come Home!

As regular readers here know, Mr. AOW and I have cats. But we love dogs too!

On Christmas Day, the Washington Post ran this story of Willis, the Clumber Spaniel who made it home for Christmas.


If you enjoy reading stories with happy endings, this story is for you.


Read an excerpt in the continuation of this post:

Monday, December 27, 2010

Poll: Useful Idiot Of The Year



Vote HERE at Matt's site, Conservative Hideout 2.0.



Note: Please scroll down. I did manage to post on the day after Christmas.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sweden's Christmas Ice Pigs Attacked



Why are Moslems forever outraged by pork and images of pigs? After all, nobody in Sweden was forcing Moslems there to eat pork, especially as these particular manifestations of pork are made out of ice.

From Vlad Tepes, citing a comment from the Tundra Tabloids:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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My favorite chorus from Handel's Messiah:



Wishing all my readers a Blessed Christmas.

I hope that you will join me in taking a brief break from politics during this Holy Time when our Lord became Flesh and the Word Incarnate came to a lowly stable so as fulfill the many prophecies of Redemption.

I also ask you take time to read Warren's essay "A Christmas Visitor." If only we could live this spirit of giving all the year round!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Humorous Version Of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"

(I will be posting several musical interludes over the Christmas Holy Days. If you must have politics, scroll down to read posts of that nature — several posts down as I will not be posting about politics until after Christmas)

With a hat tip to GM's Place and guaranteed to make you smile!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Musical Interlude

(I will be posting several musical interludes over the Christmas Holy Days. If you must have politics, scroll down to read posts of that nature — several posts down as I will not be posting about politics until after Christmas)

Hat tip to Maggie's Notebook:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Carol Puzzle

(If you must have politics, please scroll down to today's two political posts: "24/7, 364 Days A Year?" and "Sticks and Stones")

With a hat tip to Mike's America....

Click directly on the image to enlarge it. Enjoy!



Find the answers in the continuation of this post.

24/7, 364 Days A Year?

So says Janet Napolitano with regard to how hard the DHS is working to keep us safe:



Idiot.

She's getting paid waaaay too much.

Note to readers: Another post today below this one.

Sticks And Stones

One version of the words to that little nursery rhyme:
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But words will never hurt me.

Apparently, even the mere mention of the word "ham" during a geography lesson can offend Moslems.

You can't make this stuff up.

From "Spain: Muslims sue teacher for speaking about ham in class" at Tea And Politics:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Will The Islamic World Freak Out Tonight?

(Note: Two posts today. Please scroll down)


There will be a total eclipse of the moon in the wee hours of Tuesday, December 21, over much of the West.

Constitution Classes For Congress

Interesting concept:
When the 112th Congress convenes next year, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Tea Pary Caucus will get a crash course on the constitutional separation of powers by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia...in late January.

Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtelben says the educational series is a response to conservatives’ calls for a return to constitutional principles in governing.
Video:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Musical Interlude

(I will be posting several musical interludes during this Christmas season. If you must have politics, scroll down to read posts of that nature)

Enjoy this version by Dean Martin (1966):

Pat Condell: Goodbye Sweden

The dire warning here, of course, applies to the entire dhimmified West:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cradle To Grave?

(Hat tip to Leticia, who gave me the idea for this posting)

These words from Michelle Obama on Monday, December 13, 2010, should sound the alarm for parents.

Parents won't heed that alarm, however, because so many Americans have bought into the idea of the education arm of the Nanny State as the protector their children's health:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Musical Interlude

(I will be posting several musical interludes over the Christmas Holy Days. If you must have politics, scroll down to read posts of that nature)

Hat tip to Nice Deb:



The words in English:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Those Inefficient TSA Scanners

If the information below the fold is correct, this post will not be a comforting one, particularly if one is planning to travel by air during the busy Christmas holidays.

Furthermore, Americans are apparently unwilling to take a stand against the TSA. Rather, we are willing to sacrifice both our rights to our own body space and our personal safety in exchange for convenience of travel.

This Week On The Gathering Storm

(This post is a weekly announcement. Please scroll down for other postings)

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is Midnight Rider.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

To My Faithful Readers


Thanks to GM Roper for the above graphic. I admired the Holy Days graphic at his blog, and, good friend that GM is, he made a custom graphic for me.

If you must have politics this weekend, please scroll down.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This Week On The Gathering Storm

(This post is a weekly announcement. Please scroll down for other postings)

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beyond Absurd

(Hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance for the link below)

The ever-growing and ever-expanding nanny state is putting a stop to certain school bake sales.

Just when one thinks the Obama administration cannot get any more absurd or intrude more into our personal lives, something like this (dated December 3, 2010) comes along (Associated Press):

December 7, 1941

Video below the fold (hat tip to Patriot's Corner):

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Power Of Film

Hat tip to Jihad Watch:

Check out the trailer and the film's posters in the continuation of this post. This new Turkish film apparently emphasizes "America's paranoia with the Islamic world after 9/11."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Enhanced Security: It's Not Just For The Airports

Last week, I asked "What Next From The Department Of Homeland Security?"

Here's the next step:



Yes, indeed. It appears that the TSA is expanding those searches:
Terrorizing innocent travelers at airports is simply not enough for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency recently tested a new program known as VIPER (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response) which involved placing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Greyhound bus stations in Tampa to pat down and grope ground travelers....
More at the above link.

The Obama administration has forced America into crisis management mode, all in the name of national security:
Crisis management has become a defining feature of contemporary governance.
What we now have with the TSA is the following, advocated by Rahm Emanuel quite a while back:



Jonah Golberg on the Obama administration back in March 2009:
...Recall that not long ago, the first item on the bill of indictment against the Bush administration was that it was "exploiting" 9/11 to enact its agenda....

[...]

When a liberal administration does it [exploits a crisis, i.e., the threat of Islamic terrorism], it's taking advantage of a historic opportunity....
The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration are not making us any safer, and the measures cost billions of dollars (A must-read essay!). So what are the DHS and the TSA accomplishing? They are conditioning us to intrusive searches.

And Americans, thus far, are willing to trade their rights for convenience, that is, the ability to travel via public carriers.

What next? Enhanced security, electronic and hands-on, at the toll plazas? At the ramps to interstate highways? At our large shoppings malls? Where else?

Al Qaeda has won: "Death by a thousand cuts" in so many ways.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Goodbye To My Dearest Aunt

Today, I will be attending the burial of the cremains of my dearest aunt, who passed away at the age of 94 on the night of November 23 at her home, the basement apartment in her granddaughter's house. My cousin, her granddaughter and ever blunt of speech, was sitting with my aunt at the moment of passing: "Two deep breaths and off she went." Hospice had seen to it that she left this earth peacefully.

This morning, my aunt will be laid to rest in a cemetery plot which already holds her husband and her only son.