Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

The number of “veterans” supporting the likes of Barack Obama and the despicable John Kerry — a man who first nominated himself for high awards for valor, and then threw his medals onto the steps of the US Capitol building — is amazing.  Many of these men and women, having once served their country, have now become willing pawns to a communist conspiracy to destroy the United States of America. Destruction of America begins by first revising our history (such as demeaning our founding fathers) and by systematically communicating that errant history to muddle headed children. It is not the first time such a thing has been done: one only needs to observe the consequences to Chinese history and culture of the Three Gorges Dam. And, by the way, this is precisely how young children have been brainwashed about global warming and climate change phenomena.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Politics Today

Kabuki — Definition 1 (hat tip to Bloviating Zeppelin for the graphic below):


Bloviating Zeppelin's post accompanying the above graphic related to Hillary Clinton's recent Benghazi-gate "testimony" before Congress.

Commenters are invited to cite other recent stories that fit the Kabuki graphic.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Diagnostic Test From Hell

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Later this morning, I will be undergoing this test on both my left and right leg:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Conform!

The government of the District of Columbia, apparently having nothing else to do, has decided that taxicabs in Washington, D.C, must conform to a uniform color code.  Four of the proposed color schemes:


You can view all of the color schemes HERE.

According to the Washington Times:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Video: Slaves of Dubai

(hat tip to Mark Alexander of A New Dark Age Is Dawning)
Most people know Dubai for its massive skyscrapers and luxurious hotels, but few know that the city was built by modern-day slaves.
Please watch the following video:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Some Details About Media Bias

Please watch the following short video, particularly appropriate on Inauguration Day 2013 (hat tip to Randy's Roundtable):

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Blog Break

My friend Tammy Swofford — blogger, journalist, and novelist — arrives today for a short visit with the AOW household. I will have little or no time for blogging during Tammy's visit.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Obama's Arrogance

(Two posts today.  If you own a car, please scroll down)


At yesterday's press conference, Obama stated:
"I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with."
Obama also said the following (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance):
If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed.
At Infidel Bloggers Alliance, Epaminondas opined
Uhm .. SOCIAL SECURITY, Mr. President is funded separately from the budget. Just because you have been raiding it’s surpluses until now, to fund Solyndra and trips by Michelle to the Costa Del Sol does not give you the ability to hold those funds to get the people to blame republicans for TRYING to have SOME TINY degree of responsibility.

TINY....
Ever since re-elected, Obama's arrogance has been growing by leaps and bounds.  Expect more of the same for the next four years.

We have a demagogue as President of the United States.

Beware Of E 15


You need to know — before you find out the hard way.


From How The Fiscal Cliff Bill Might Void Your Car's Warranty:

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Entitlement Tsunami

(hat tip to Debbie of Right Truth)


Please take THIS QUIZ. Worth your time.

Neither of the two major political parties has even begun to batten down the hatches in advance of this tsunami.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Beauty

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy this video footage taken at Yellowstone National Park:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tyranny And Gun Control


Gun-control executive order in the works?


From the Weekly Standard on January 9, 2013:
"The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."

Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act."

Biden talked also about taking responsible action. "As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking. But I'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly."

Biden, as he himself noted, helped write the Brady bill.

Eric Holder was scheduled to be at the meeting that's currently taking place at the White House.
A history lesson (hat tip to Gateway Pundit for the video below):


Some reading from, of all places, Pravda, on December 28, 2012, by guest writer Mat Rodina: Americans never give up your guns.  [working link HERE]; the Pravda link is no longer working]  First paragraph:
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions....
Read the rest HERE.

For as long as I can remember, alarmists have been screeching, "They're coming for our guns!"  That screeching got on my nerves like you wouldn't believe.

Now, in these weeks after the horror of Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, I am reminded of Aesop's story, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the reason that I used the graphic at the beginning of this blog post:
There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!"
Shortly, America is going to find out if the wolf has truly arrived.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Recommended Reading

See A NEW GENERATION by Mustang at A Montpelier View.  A glimpse of the future? Is there any remedy? Your comments welcome here at Always On Watch.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Top Cat

(If you must have politics, please keep scrolling)

Cameo was the youngest cat in the household until Amber arrived on September 13, 2012.

Click directly on the image to enlarge it:


Cameo, true to her Siamese heritage, has been our alpha cat since her arrival in 2001. She is top cat and knows it! Nevertheless, she mothers Amber. Cameo has even allowed Amber to take over the bedroom as personal den and shares food with "her baby."

Monday, January 7, 2013

Politics And Mental Health

A few weeks ago, Indigo Red left the comment below to this thread here at Always On Watch (emphases mine):

The roots of the current problem go all the way back to the Eugenics Movement that spawned the Holocaust and Planned Parenthood.

"It is true Gov Reagan did gut funding for state mental hospitals, but was forced to do so by court decisions ruling that the mental health patients could not be confined without patient consent or due process. Previously, people could be detained and institutionalized for any number of reasons and often for no good reason.

In an attempt to find alternatives to the eugenics movement that contributed so much to the Holocaust, a federal mental health study was begun in 1955 resulting in the 1963 Mental Health Act as part of John Kennedy's New Frontier. From this came multiple court decisions emancipating the mentally ill from the vagaries of the law and the shame of families with mentally ill members. Because the decisions were Federal and states are always trying to save local money, the Federal gov't then became the funding agency of first resort while states cut back on local funding. The Federal budget was not large enough to cover all the new fiscal demands of the new found mental health gold mine limited the resources to the states. (Lesson for ObamaCare.)

While Reagan was governor (1967-75), a Federal court ruled in Jackson v. Indiana (1972) that due process required the commitment for mental health treatment also required adequate and appropriate treatment must be provided - the mentally ill could no longer be warehoused for the safety of themselves and society, they must be treated in preparation for release to the general population and several lower courts recognized the due process right of the mentally ill. In that same year, Gov Reagan signed the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act effectively doing what the O'Connor v. Donaldson ruling would do nationwide in 1975. The LPS bill had bipartisan support and was widely lauded by the left as a civil rights masterpiece. The ACLU argued for the end of forced institutionalization of harmless insane people. Ronald Reagan argued just the opposite, but was compelled by the courts to release the harmless mentally ill without any guidance on what harmless meant after hospitalization and medication. It was, in fact, assumed that the mentally ill, when returned to sanity, lucidity, and reality, would voluntarily continue their treatment and medications never wanting to go back to crazy. Boy, were the experts ever wrong.

As President, Ronald Reagan repealed the Mental Health Systems Act by signing the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 consolidating ADAMHA's treatment and rehabilitation programs into a single block grant enabling each State to administer its own allocated funds. The repeal of the community mental health legislation and the establishment of block grants, the Federal role in mental health services changed once again from funding to providing technical assistance in increasing the local providers capacity for mental health services to a population of growing mental health concerns because of the continued redefining of and addition to mental health disorders.

Once the funding responsibilities of States had been taken up by the Federal government and the States having found other uses for the money formerly used for the mentally ill, States were reluctant and loathe to finding new State funding or dropping other programs to re-fund moribund mental health programs. And now we're stuck with mentally ill people without help, without the wherewithal to request help, and a society so increasingly frightened of the mentally ill they are threatening to disarm in the face of danger and at the same time take to the streets with pitchforks and torches to chase down and slay the monsters among us. What a fine mess good intentions have left us."

AOW, I have a cousin not much younger than myself who has been mentally ill for as long as I can recall. As a child he would beat his head against walls and his family thought it was cute as did schools and doctors. Eventually after many years in and out of prison and mental hospitals, and not being able to find adequate help, he took control of his life the only way he knew how - with a screw driver in his hand, he faced two police officers in an alley who shot him 7 times. He survived, but since that time almost 30 yrs ago, he has been in prison for psychiatric care. It's where he wanted to be -- or dead. He's been diagnosed as autistic and schizophrenic and had been before such diagnoses had been possible.

As the above words by Indigo Red indicate, the law of unintended consequences has reverberating effects that can direly affect society — effects that reap the whirlwind.

Now, how do we remedy this mess? Or CAN we remedy this mess and, at the same time, safeguard individuals' rights?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January 6: Epiphany

(If you must have politics, please keep scrolling)

January 6 is also known as Three Kings Day and the last of the Twelve Days of Chrismtas.

The Bible is silent as to how many magi visited the Holy Family and exactly when they came to present their gifts. Nevertheless, the carol most associated with this day is hauntingly beautiful:


Words to the carol below the fold.

Friday, January 4, 2013

America, This Is Your Congress

Picture of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) below the fold (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance).  SPEW ALERT!

This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest is my good friend and fellow infidel Pastorius of Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

Listen to the January 4, 2013 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Israel 2013 - Czechoslovakia 1938?

(Two posts today, the earlier one about the fiscal cliff "deal."  Please scroll down)

Is history repeating itself?  Please watch the video below the fold.

The Fiscal Cliff Deal

Some deal, some rescue.


Annual Tax Increase = $62 Billion


2011 Budget Deficit = $1,089 Billion



This graphic from Zero Hedge says it all:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Selective Reporting

From Nice Deb:
On Sunday night, December 16, 2012, a man went to the China Garden restaurant in San Antonio and opened fire. The gunman intended to kill his ex-girlfriend but as she wasn’t there, so he continued on to the movie theater next door where he fired on panicked moviegoers, sending them to the exits, and ducking for cover.

Witnesses said the shooting reminded them of the Dark Knight theater massacre last July that killed 12 people and injured 58 in Aurora, Colo.

The story was covered locally, but seeing as it happened just one day after the Sandyhook massacre in Connecticut, you would think it would have gotten more airplay in the MSM. Don’t stories like this one play right into their anti-gun hands?

No – not this one....

As long as the mainstream media hold sway, public opinion will be ever skewed to the Left.

As Thomas Jefferson said:
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be...The People cannot be safe without information....