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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sloppy Legislation = Tyranny

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Please watch this short video before reading the commentary below the fold:


One Year Anniversary: ISIS Pronounced Itself The Caliphate

June 29, 2015, marks one year to the day.

It's the middle of Ramadan.

American Independence Day is this weekend.

We are hearing warnings of the possibility of a terrorist attack this week.

This article, dated June 28, 2015, points out the following:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Open Thread

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Living In A Bubble?

Please read this link, and if you are so inclined, take the interactive quiz.

Full disclosure: I got a 62 on the quiz.

Yes, yes, I know that political scientist Charles Murray is controversial.

Nevertheless, having recently read his book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, I find myself thinking a lot about the thesis upon which he expounded in that book:
White America is coming apart at the seams.

That’s the thesis Charles Murray, a libertarian political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, puts forth in his new book, Coming Apart....Murray argues that the super wealthy, super educated and super snobby live in so-called super-ZIPs: cloistered together, with little to no exposure to American culture at large.

Those people, he says, live in a social and cultural bubble.
You can read more about Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 HERE. The book made the list of the New York Times's list of 100 Notable Books of 2012.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Vote For Ed!

(Two posts today.  Please scroll down)


Ed Bonderenka explains HERE.

It takes only a moment to cast your ballot.

Thank You!

Conservative blogger and graphics artist extraordinaire Curmudgeon of Political Clown Parade has bestowed upon this blog the coveted Paul Revere Award!


Go HERE to read about the Paul Revere Award and to see the list of blogs of which Always On Watch is a part this year. All on the list stand strong for freedom of expression.

We blogospheric Paul Reveres are not “corporate” blogs with an army of writers, resources and capital. But all of us, with our own unique personal styles, are dedicated to sounding the alarm and to preserving liberty.

Thank you, Curmudgeon — and thanks to any and all who nominated and voted for Always On Watch.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Reflection

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Wisdom which applies not only to Father's Day but also to every day:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What Is Ramadan?

(This blog post previously published on July 30, 2011.  Updated for 2015)

Ramadan 2015 began at sunset yesterday and continues for 30 days; the Ramadan calendar of the Fiqh Council of North America shows that Ramadan 2015 begins on June 18 and ends on Friday, July 17. Muslims, ever contentious about nearly every matter, even disagree among themselves as to when Ramadan should begin.

What does Ramadan really celebrate, particularly Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan? If one understands the history of Islam and, especially, that of Ramadan, one will come to understand that such a commemoration, including iftar dinners at the White House, should be unacceptable to all those who oppose Islamic supremacism.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

43 Years!

Immediately after our honeymoon, Mr. AOW and I moved into The Little House — a cottage on my grandmother's property, the property where we still live now.  Only $50/month to pay in rent!  Thus began the chance to built a little nest egg.

We moved into my grandmother's house in 1982; she had died in 1981, and we had to do a lot of upgrading and tending to deferred maintenance.  Hard to believe that we have lived in The Big House for almost 35 years! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Voter Remorse

The article excerpted below appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on June 9, 2015. 

If the article in indicative of a trend of voter remorse, many in Obama's voting base may sit out the 2016 election.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Weekend Goal And Open Thread

The 2014-2015 homeschool classes that I teach have finally ended, and report cards have been issued!

Therefore...


Checking blog comments qualifies as moving only enough to prove that I'm alive.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Diversify The Neighborhoods?


Readers of this blog have likely heard something about Obama's proposed solution for what he views as yet another of America's failings: the lack of racial integration in certain neighborhoods.

Obama plans to accomplish this forced diversification via executive order, of course, accompanied by the withholding of federal funds from localities which refuse to comply.

Excerpt from The Hill's article Obama making bid to diversify wealthy neighborhoods:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A 1906 Travesty And The 21st Century Grievance Industry

Bushman Oto Benga on display at the Bronx Zoo in 1906

Please read the entire article before commenting.

Haven't we as a society come a long way since then?

Not so much, according to the promotion of the grievance industry at the end of the article:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Kitty Cuteness

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Last year, I somehow started following the story of the fostering of Roodi (a tuxedo kitten) and Cupcake (an ebony tortie kitten) — and the rest of the litter, born of a feral mother. All, including the mother cat Nornie, found good homes.  Dr NWorb and his wife adopted Roodi and Cupcake, and added them to their cat family of Monkey, Thunder, and Panther, who has since passed away and is not in the video.

How To Be A Sensible Cat Person, created by DrNworb's KitsCats, a YouTube channel which I now regularly follow:


Roodi and Cupcake will turn one year old on June 10.  There will be a big celebration on Dr. Nworb's KitsCats Facebook page, I'm sure.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Open Thread

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Usaamah Rahim, Jihadist Shot In Boston on June 2, 2015, Was Planning To Behead Pamela Geller

From CNN...


Boston shooting: Suspect plotted to behead Pamela Geller, sources say. Excerpt:
Geller drew national attention last month after an off-duty police officer working security thwarted an attack at her organization's contest for Prophet Mohammed drawings in Garland, Texas. She's president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which includes subsidiary programs Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Nations.

"They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily," Geller told CNN's Erin Burnett after learning of the alleged plot.

"This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?"

Geller said that she's had an "army of security" since last month's Texas incident.

"This is what is required just to show a cartoon in America, 2015," she said. "It's striking. It's devastating, and people need to understand what's at stake. I mean, if we surrender on this point, what will we surrender next?"
More HERE.

The drawing which must not be shown:

Art by Bosch Fawstin

The University Diversity Scam

With thanks to Baysider for the video below. Worth a few moments of your time:

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Jihad Caucus

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From the DC Independent Examiner (hat tip to Gulag Bound):
...[A] group of 14 U.S. senators, led by the indefatigable Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, have written a letter to Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians in as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy has given them the moniker “Jihad Caucus” because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.

The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians are:

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Patty Murray (D-WA)

Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Edward Markey (D-MA)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)...
Read the entire article HERE.

The FBI has previously warned that there is no reliable way to determine whether or not ISIS embeds might be among the Syrian refugees.