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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Recommended Reading

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See Texas Synagogue Terrorist Came Out of UK Islamist No-Go Zone by Daniel Greenfield.

Excerpt:
...The hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform Temple in Texas, ended with Faisal Akram of Blackburn, another post-industrial English town where Muslims make up a third of the population and Pakistanis account for over 10 percent, dead, and his Jewish hostages set free.

[...] 

The town has produced no shortage of Jihadists, including the youngest terrorist in the UK, as well as a number of Jihadis who traveled to join ISIS, an associate of shoe bomber Richard Reid, and a terrorist who played a key role in an Al Qaeda plot that targeted New York and D.C.

Blackburn is one of the most segregated towns in the country and has been described as a “no-go zone”. The area that produced the Temple Terrorist has the highest Muslim population outside of London where some claim that flying the English flag has been effectively outlawed....
Read the entire essay HERE.  Sounds to me as if Blackburn is growing terrorists in its segregated garden. 

And one more thing....Why did our FBI almost immediately state that they were still looking for a motive in the January 15, 2021 attack on the synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and, apparently deliberately in a knee-jerk reaction, avoid mentioning terrorism and the Anti-Semitic targeting of Jews worshiping in a synagogue on their Sabbath?  In part, because of THIS:
...Early in the Obama administration, it scrubbed all counterterror training materials that made any mention of Islamic texts and teachings, and severed ties with all the independent contractors (including me) who were teaching agents about the beliefs and goals of jihad terrorists. Islamic anti-Semitism is yet another forbidden area for today’s FBI; they can’t investigate anything that might appear to be “Islamophobic.” So Matt DeSarno is operating out of the willful ignorance the FBI chose as policy years ago. This time, the agency’s woke idiocy is actively misleading the American people about what happened in Colleyville.
"Wokeness," particularly at the government-policy level, is deadly denial.

Additional reading (a satiric essay by Tammy Swofford): The FBI Develops Symptoms of Stroke When Discussing the Attack on a Synagogue.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Train Robberies

Apparently, these robberies of slowed or stopped trains, has been ongoing for at least three months. The robberies have accelerated in the last 30 days, maybe longer.  Please watch:
Also see THIS REPORT, both video and written, by CBSLA (dated January 13, 2022). The written report concludes with this statement: [L]aw enforcement who work these tracks told CBSLA that they don’t see thieves shipping off any time soon

How far will our society's breakdown go before the American people say "ENOUGH!" and mean it?

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Let's clear our minds with nearly four hours of Baroque Music:

Go HERE for an index to the above music.

[about music of the Baroque Period]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Empty Shelves?


As I mentioned before, we're experiencing a disruption of supply lines here in Indiana. We're still waiting for delivery of the aforementioned recliner. Warren ordered and paid for that recliner in July!

On our last trip to the grocery store a few days ago, we noticed a few shortages. The one that most impacts me at this point: almost no ginger ale on the shelf. I drink a bit of ginger ale every evening to settle my stomach. Otherwise, there is no shortage personally impacting us.  Yet, anyway.  We did notice that the price of beef is through the roof. But that's another story....

In the Washington, D.C., area, however, shoppers are experiencing at least some significant disruptions in supply lines. See this short video. Five to six months before things get back to normal? Sheesh!

So, are you noticing empty shelves or other related disruption where you are?

Note: Warren and I have been a bit absent from the blogosphere because we both got sick with either a common cold or Omicron.  We're over the worst of it, but the fatigue factor remains major for me.  I'm napping a lot!  Taking down the Christmas tree has to wait.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Tucker Carlson: "It's time to notice the things that matter"

Worth your time and consideration:


Is there any way to put the brakes on these nation-crippling, republic-destroying trends?  Put the brakes on on-time, that is?

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

You know the music of James Horner even if you don't recognize his name:
 

Please take a few moments to see the list of music scores by James Horner (1953-2015).

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

One Root Cause...

...of the present crime wave — specifically, in San Francisco: 

Chesa Boudin, the district attorney of San Francisco, assumed office in January of 2020 and is serving a four year term. So, more years of his policies remain in effect.  "Elections have consequences," and all that.

By the way, Boudin's adoptive father is terrorist Bill Ayers, and his adoptive mother is terrorist Bernardine Dohrn.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Inconvenient Realities?

With a hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance....
Is the above, excerpted from Dr. Fauci's interview with Mark Zuckerberg on March 19, 2020, a fake video?  Or is the above information about the inconvenient realities of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Note: HERE is the full interview (38 minutes long).  Worth your time if you are interested in the topics of the safety, efficacy, and dangers of both the virus and the vaccines.

Additional information: Ventura County Nurses Blow the Whistle on Crisis in Local Health Care (dated October 21, 2021).

My take: it seems to me that it is impossible to make an informed decision about the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year! (With Addendum)

The calendar is a human construct, so there really isn't anything special about turning over the calendar to a new year. 

Nevertheless, there remains something special about the start of a new year.  

In that spirit, we here at Always On Watch wish you a happy and healthy new year.

May 2022 be kind to us all!

ADDENDUM (January 2, 2022) 

I'm hoping for a calmer personal year in 2022. 

In 2021, I decided to get most stressers over and done with: 
1. death of spouse after several weeks of heavy caregiving (we were married nearly 49 years), 
2. sale of family homestead, 
3. frenetic search for another house, 
4. wedding (not really a stresser but on most lists of stressers, so I'm including it), 
5. 700-mile move with Callie dog belted into the passenger seat of the U-Haul truck while I rode on a little square that the U-Haul people had the audacity to call a seat, 
6. the never-ending unpacking of mislabeled moving boxes (Atlas Movers did the full pack-out), 
7.the missing marriage certificates (finally received on December 24 from the circuit court level -- no word yet from Richmond).  

The above is a partial list!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Get it Off Your Chest

This is the place for comments that would otherwise be deleted for being off topic.
In the event you need some really good advice before this New Year ...
 
H/T to Mustang.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Black Fragility And Neoracism

The story and ensuing kerfluffle about the above, a question on a Civil Prodecure II exam at U. Illinois-Chicago Marshall Law School. appeared in my email yesterday morning. Brief excerpt:
...Prof. Kilborn’s offense was using the “n” and “b” words on an exam. Not the words themselves, but literally the letters “n” and “b” in a question about employment discrimination.

Aren’t we supposed to use letters instead of words, isn’t that the “correct” way to do it? Nope, not to some students....
According to the UIC JMLS Black Law Association, the wording of the question caused some students to be distracted and distressed — one student to the point of having heart palpitations.  Furthermore (emphases mine):
...UIC is now demanding that Prof. Kilborn go through re-education.... 

[...]

Last Friday, the university informed Professor Kilborn’s lawyer that Professor Kilborn would be suspended from teaching this Spring at UIC’s John Marshall Law School (although still paid, and still required to perform administrative duties) so that he can participate in rather time-intensive “re-education” programs: Download 21; 12.16 from Alsterda 

Professor Kilborn will be subjected to an 8-week indoctrination course–20 hours of coursework, required “self-reflection” (self-criticism?) papers for each of 5 modules, plus weekly 90-minute sessions with a trainer followed by three more weeks of vaguely described supplemental meetings with this trainer. Since the trainer will provide “feedback regarding Professor Kilborn’s engagement and commitment to the goals of the program,” disagreement or skepticism about the content of the program is presumably not welcome....
Read the entire article HERE.

Dr. John McWhorter addressed the above dispute and draconian consequences in his essay Black Fragility?   His entire essay is worth reading.  For expedience's sake, however, please note the last two paragraphs of Dr. McWhorter's essay (from which I developed the title of this blog post; emphases mine):

...[W]e must be able to understand black people’s history in slavery and Jim Crow as well as redlining, to be appalled at the story of Henrietta Lacks, to comprehend that racism is something more than name-calling and prejudice, to worship the work of Viola Davis, to savor Amanda Gorman’s poem at President Biden’s inauguration – while also facing that when a black law student claims heart palpitations upon reading “n-----” in an exam question about a discrimination case, it is a performance, and must not be allowed to derail lives and careers.

Protests of this kind test us on how committed we really are to assessing black people according to the content of their character. Normal people don’t fall to pieces when seeing “n*****” on a piece of paper, regardless of their race. The neoracists who have barred Jason Kilborn from campus in pretending this isn’t true are operating upon an assumption that black people are morons. This is a rather fascinating rendition of “antiracism,” and to treat it as “allyship” is nothing less than a cultural sickness.

Read Dr. McWhorter's entire essay HERE.  Worth your time and consideration.


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Monday, December 27, 2021

Elizabeth Gonzalez Is Back!


Some of you may remember blogger Elizabeth Gonzalez (also AKA Layla), who used to have the site called The Hill Chronicles.

After an extended absence from the blogosphere, her "mojo back" (her words to me in a text), Elizabeth has returned to the blogosphere! You will find her at Politics Rewritten.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

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.

He was homeless veteran, he had been sleeping in a box, under a bridge over the Ohio river, several miles to the West. He had decided that it was too cold and he might freeze to death if he didn't find safe shelter with more than a cardboard box to keep him warm. About midnight, he had left his meager possessions and headed for his sisters home, a mile or so from my own home. He had walked past in the blowing snow and the dark but continued walking. He was lost, confused and probably somewhat drunk. Hypothermia can add confusion to even the sober mind.

As he spoke, I realized that he had mental problems as do many of the homeless.

There are places that provide refuge for the indigent, I'm sure he knew, but they don't accept anyone who is intoxicated, which I'm also sure he knew.

He drank his coffee then asked me if I would drive him to his sisters home. He then offered me two dollars. Of course I refused the money but offered to take him where he wanted to go.

I intended to take measures to see after him and he seemed anxious to leave.

As I drove, he told me that his sister was out of town but he had permission to use her house in an emergency. I was worried that he was just lying for reasons of his own but I was determined to see the thing through, even if I had to call the police to ensure his well-being through this cold weather.

As we drove up to the house, there was a porch light on and smoke coming from the chimney vent. Even so, it was apparent that there was no one home, the snow around the house was undisturbed.

I asked him if he was sure he could get in, he said, "Yes, she (his sister) told me where the key is." He reached out his hand, as if for a hand shake, and when I offered mine, pulled my hand to his lips and kissed it saying, "God bless you".

I was profoundly embarrassed but stayed long enough to see him dig around in the snow and find a key, unlock the door and wave goodbye.

I drove home, my thoughts disturbed, by the events that had taken place.

My wife was relieved as I returned and I started preparing food (very early,) for Christmas Eve. As I cut up fruit for salad and prepared the turkey for baking, my son came up behind me, hugged me and kissing my head, said, "Dad, you did a good thing."

Again, I was embarrassed, not by my son's hug and kiss but by his praise.

It was the right thing to do.

My son told me that he tries to help the homeless ones that hang around his place of employment. We spoke of how little we can actually do for them and I was proud of my son for being a good man and doing the right thing.

As I continued to prepare food for Christmas Eve, my thoughts drifted to a couple seeking shelter in Bethlehem and the birth of the Lamb of the New Covenant, and I felt God's Peace.

May God's Peace and blessings be with you all!
Merry Christmas.

Warren

Post Note:

First, please watch "Mary, Did You Know?" as performed by the Pentatonix, an a capella group. I hope that you love it as much as I do:


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Eighteen years ago, I first posted this true story -yes it actually happened- and I am always asked to brush the cobwebs off and re-post it for Christmas. The post note is changed to reflect my feelings and events.

"Mary, Did You Know?" by the Pentatonix, is my favorite Christmas Carol. If you haven't heard this version before or if you would like to hear it again, I urge you to put on your headphones or good speakers and have a listen. 

Maybe below you could tell me your favorite Carol.
This year, I'm spending Christmas with my new bride, AOW, in our new home. It has been a year of many happy changes.

Christmas Eve, we shall celebrate with one of my brothers and my son and daughter-in-law.

Once again, and to all my friends -and you know who you are!-
Merry Christmas!
Warren



Merry Christmas to all who stop by this site. Be blest!
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