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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Personal Update: Blog Break (Updated)

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This blog will be on pause for an undetermined amount of time.

Mr. AOW was hospitalized on Wednesday, September 19, because of intense belly pain.

Tentative diagnosis: pancreatitis, cause unknown at this point. More scans are scheduled for today.

This blog post will be updated as the situation warrants.

UPDATE(S) below the fold....

Monday, September 24, 2018

Absurdity!

How stupid can this delay of Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the SCOTUS get?

Here's how absurd...
PIRRO: "...Delay becomes more absurd when she needs to drive across the country to Washington because she won’t or can’t fly. She was an intern in Hawaii a few years ago. How did she make that trip? Did she drive or surf across the ocean from California to Hawaii...."
This nonsense from the Democratic Party is transparent to anyone who takes even a cursory look.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Recommended Reading

See Why Trump's Record Trumps the Media's Spin: The media is determined to prove that Donald Trump is unfit to be president by Christian Whiton at The National Interest.

Last three paragraphs of the above-cited essay:
No matter how many outraged opinion pieces or news articles (but I repeat myself) the New York Times produces, no matter how many smarter-than-thou analysts with non-prescription eyeglasses mope about sadly on CNN, no matter how many Obama fan boys and girls left in the White House press corps shriek at the president whenever in earshot, it just doesn’t matter anymore.

The economy hums. Trump keeps us out of foreign entanglements. Wages increase. America’s traditional meritocracy replaces the Democrats’ grievance-based society. Life happens.

And while the New York Times op-ed was a nice try by the media, they must on some level, deep down, grasp the new reality: no one hears their screams.
Read the rest HERE.

The results of the 2018 midterm elections will prove whether the above essay is accurate or inaccurate. In my view, we'll see either a red wave or a blue wave.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Liberalism as Imperialism

Silverfiddle Rant!

Tolerance... Diversity... Conformity...  

What do these words mean in today's Western society? Yoram Hazony detects a "dogmatic utopianism" gripping the West, hostile to dissent, stifling freedom of expression, and threatening rational discourse. 


"One of the most striking features of public life in contemporary America and Europe is the way that the Western nations are now afflicted by public-shaming campaigns and heresy hunts whose purpose is to stigmatize and render illegitimate one or another person or group of people, opinion or policy, that is perceived as having the ability to mount any kind of meaningful resistance to liberal doctrine.

[…]

"These increasingly insistent demands for conformity to a single universal standard in speech and religion are the predictable outcome of the transition away from the Protestant construction of the West, with its fundamental principle of national independence and self-determination.

"This principle, had, after all, mandated a diversity of constitutional and religious standpoints within the order of nation states, which entailed a toleration of profoundly divergent views:

"Catholics had to tolerate the existence of Protestant regimes, monarchists had to tolerate republican regimes, and rulers concerned with tightly regulating their subjects’ affairs had to tolerate regimes affording more extensive liberties — and in each case, the reverse was true as well. This formal grant of legitimacy to political and religious diversity among the nations then became the basis for the toleration of dissenting communities within the state as well."


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Has Western society become more tolerant over the past few decades? Or less?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Oligarchic Socialism

Silverfiddle Rant!
It's been fascinating watching the shifting sands and crazy political cross-currents over these past few years. The GOP could become the party of working people.  Democrats are attracting the moneyed class...

A emerging phenomenon that intrigues and unsettles me is the push for socialism by the Silicon Valley Robber Barons. What the hell are they up to???

Professor and social scientist Joel Kotkin explains.  In the vast sewer of toxic lies and partisanship the Infotainment Media Complex has become, he is a rare fresh breath of unbiased reporting.
"There’s surely a compelling logic for oligarchic socialism. The tech moguls get to remain wealthy beyond the most extreme dreams of avarice, while their allies in progressive circles and the media, which they increasingly own, continue to hector everyone else about giving up their own aspirations."
I do think it is as simple as that. What say you?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11: Never Forget

Image credit: graphic by Stogie

Don't be a dhimmi! Never forget that Quran-thumping Muslims did — and do — all these things in the name of Allah.

Click directly on the graphic to enlarge it:


Article: Ripon College bans 9/11 Never Forget posters for fear of offending Muslims (hat tip to Jihad Watch). Excerpt:
Citing bias reports filed during last year’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, administrators at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, ruled that YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project posters are creating an “environment” where “students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed.” As a result, Ripon administrators will not allow the Ripon Young Americans for Freedom to hang the flyers as part of their work to remember the victims of September 11 or other victims of radical Islamist terrorism.

[...]

Administrators further—and falsely—claim that one of their objections is because radical Islamist terrorism “represents a small percentage of the terrorist attacks that happened to this country, and they don’t represent the full gamut, and they show a very small picture of a specific religion or nationality instead of the larger viewpoint.” From 1992 to 2017, Islamists were responsible for 92% of deaths caused by terrorism in the United States, and are “far and away, the deadliest group of terrorists by ideology.”...


Read the rest HERE.



These images from that Tuesday morning seventeen years ago are seared into my memory, and I have zero tolerance for the whitewash of Islam and the fear of offending Muslims:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Extreme Makeovers (AOW Addendum: Live Updates for Sweden Elections 2018)

Silverfiddle Rant!
NBC News reports on elections in Sweden scheduled for September 9th...
SÖLVESBORG, Sweden — Around 4,000 far-right supporters gathered on the grounds of a ruined castle last weekend to plot the downfall of the socialist ideas that have come to define their progressive country.

Their views — anti-immigration, anti-establishment and often anti-Muslim — are not new amid the populist tsunami that's crashed into much of the West.

But this is Sweden, where socialists have dominated every election for the past 101 years, making the Nordic nation something of a lodestar for leftists around the world.

Some polls predict that the supporters' favored party, the Sweden Democrats, with roots in neo-Nazism and white nationalism, will win as much as 25 percent of the vote in an election scheduled for Sept. 9.
Go read the whole article and understand why so many people are rejecting the Establishmentarian Globalists and their propagandists in the Infotainment Media Complex.

Why do we never hear press reports of "far-left" supporters of Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders "plotting the downfall of free speech and western free-market capitalism?"

Why no articles leading in with editorial glosses about "the American Democrat Party, with roots in progressive dictator worship, eugenics, KKK and Communist sympathizers?"  

Congratulations, Progressives.  You've so abused the language, screamed "RACIST!" so many times, refused reasoned debate on immigration...  Your credibility is shot and your name-calling no longer herds us back into the progressive paddock.

Refusing extreme makeovers on our nation and our culture is not racist. Preferring our culture over others is not bigotry. Wanting to preserve and protect what we have is common sense. Nationalism is not a dirty word.

Related:  Poll of Polls: Sweden Election.

ADDENDUM FROM AOW (hat tip to Mustang)

Sweden elections 2018 — live updates

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BAM

BAM = By Any Means Necessary.

Please watch the video below. Worth your time (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance).


All public schools systems are now in session for the 2018-2019 term.

Who are your child's or grandchild's teachers?

What is being taught in your child's or grandchild's classroom?


Related: Stop K-12 Indoctrination.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Musical Interlude

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This Labor Day Weekend 2018, enjoy the tone poem Summer Evening by Frederick Delius (1862-1934):

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Recommended Reading

See Rename America by Sultan Knish (Daniel Greenfield). Excerpt:
Austin’s Equity Office has recommended renaming the Texas city because of Stephen F. Austin's alleged views on slavery. But why stop at just renaming Austin when Amerigo Vespucci took and sold slaves.

Austin, Texas is named after Stephen F. Austin, but America is named after Amerigo Vespucci.

New York City has been on its own anti-history binge, demoting the statue of the ‘Father of Gynecology’ and tearing out plaques memorializing Robert E. Lee attached to a tree that he had once planted, but it’s got bigger problems. The city is named after King James II whose Royal African Company branded thousands of slaves with DY for the Duke of York.

And New York’s problems don’t end there....
Read the rest HERE.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Insufferable Self-righteousness

Just imagine if a U.S. Senator or other major federal governmental official had designed his funeral to exclude Barack Hussein Obama!

Excerpt:
John McCain and President Donald Trump are not done with one another yet.

Days of mourning for the Arizona senator, including a lying-in-state in the Capitol Rotunda and the pomp of a service in Washington's National Cathedral, are certain to become about more than simply honoring a singular political leader and national hero.

In Washington, even death is political -- a fact McCain well understood as a sought-after eulogizer himself, and by planning his funeral rites to exclude the President, he will be making an unmistakable posthumous statement directed at the White House.

[...]

...McCain chose Barack Obama and George W. Bush -- the two men who kept him from the White House -- to eulogize him and didn't want the President to attend his funeral. If those plans hold, McCain will be sending a clear final message to Trump, after making clear when he was alive that he saw the President's demeanor, populist style and global outlook as antithetical to America's founding values and global role....
Lack of civility from beyond the grave, or just a maverick doing his own thing?

Monday, August 27, 2018