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Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Doo Wa Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo

by Sam Huntington

I have to admit that I did watch the film entitled 2016: Obama’s America, produced and directed by Dinesh D’Souza. He uh, also had a starring role. I thought it was well done, but typical political fare. The man does know how to manage expenses. While I didn’t learn anything new about Obama in the video, I’m quite sure that there were those who did learn something. The way I view this is simple: D’Souza did after 2008 what the press should have done before 2008.

But now D’Souza is in trouble for alleged violations of the campaign finance laws in the 2012 US Senate race in New York. I have no idea what he did, or even if he did it. What does concern me is that some GOP senators are claiming that D’Souza is a target of politically motivated prosecution —in some circles known as malicious prosecution. This is getting to be business as usual in the Obama administration.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tales From The Classroom

("Tales from the Classroom" is a feature posted occasionally here at this blog.  All tales are true and present matters about which I have personal knowledge.  The following tale relates the story of an experience that I had in January 1971, when I was taking my first course in education so as to certify as a teacher in secondary school)

Dr. Evers, an elderly professor who taught Foundations of Education, the first required course for teacher certification, was a piece of work.

A real piece of work.

One could make the case that Dr. Evers was merely senile.  Or one could make the case that he was a rabid Leftist.


All students seeking teacher certification at the university had to take this one course from him.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Communist Goals For The United States

In 1963, many of these seemed farfetched. But now? Please watch the short video below:

Important reading: Cultural Marxism by Linda Kimball (2007).

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Break From Politics: Quiz

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For my birthday weekend, a little something that I found at Facebook...

Each question has several answers from which to choose — usually a graphic. Check the box at the lower left of a graphic to log in your choice.

The results that I got:

Friday, February 21, 2014

UK: Fatal Encounter With Uninsured Driver

Vehicle manslaughter and fraud on the part of Majid Bashir, who had neither a driver's license nor auto insurance.

As reported by the Daily Mail on February 15, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You betcha ...

by Sam Huntington

Apparently, it isn’t enough that John Kerry has embarrassed the United States in his meeting with the Russians, nor even that he has completely destroyed any US credibility in his gallivanting around the Middle East (as if the US has ever had any credibility in the Middle East). Now he’s found his way to China where he met with Chinese president Xi Jinping and others of the Chinese hierarchy who haven’t had a laugh in a few days.

Obama Praymate
Why is John Kerry meeting with the Chinese president, you ask? There are several possibilities. They may have wanted to discuss the good old days when both of them fought on the same side during \the Vietnam War, or they may have been joshing with one another, telling prisoner-of-war jokes. One old favorite is, “How many Navy pilots can you get in one 3x3 cell?” Maybe they were discussing whether or not John Kerry should attend the next People’s Liberation Homecoming, or what Barack Obama would really like for his next birthday from the Chinese people —who, after all, owe him a great deal. They no doubt also discussed esoteric topics, such as unicorns, climate change, and curtailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Officially, John Kerry asked to talk about human rights in China, and Xi told him, “Oh sure—you betcha we talk plenty about human rights. We can fit that in after our trip to the GM factory, where we are making more Chevrolet’s than you round-eye Americans, ha ha ha.” Kerry became so excited he wet himself, but this was not a problem because the Chinese anticipated that something like this would happen.

According to the State Department (the people who actually killed Chris Stevens), “Kerry’s visit to China is part of an Asia trip meant to reinforce the administration’s commitment to rebalancing its foreign policy focus.” No one knows what that means, exactly, and the State Department spokesman wouldn’t take any follow-up questions from Fox News.

Kerry also found time to visit Seoul, South Korea where he could do some shopping for Teresa Heinz-Kerry — at the taxpayer’s expense, of course. They call such trips “junkets” for a reason. So in conclusion, everyone should know that all is well in the Land of Oz; the Obama administration has our back; the American people can turn over now and go back to sleep.

You betcha …

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review: Iquitos, Peru: Almost Close

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How to review this unique book, one that is impossible to classify by the usual genres?  The must-read blurb from the back cover of the book is HERE.

Now, for my review (also posted at Amazon)...

Part memoir, part picaresque romp, part societal commentary, and part philosophy – and absolutely worth reading. I found myself rereading portions both to laugh at some of the hijinks and to think more about some of the ideas expressed.

Iquitos, Peru: Almost Close by D.W. Walker is a book to savor!

I often donate books that I've read to my local public library. I won't be doing so with this book, now a permanent part of my home library.

Note: D.W. Walker's blog site is HERE.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Alarm Sounded

And not by a political conservative — as is often the case throughout the conservative blogosphere.

If you're unfamiliar with Jonathan Turley, we can read about him HERE and HERE.  The latter link is the more informative.

Jonathan Turley shares his concerns regarding the direction that our government is going (hat tip to Bunkerville):

Have any of the readers of this blog seen the above in the liberal mainstream media?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Many Uses Of Coffee

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Please see THIS at The Many Uses Of.... You may find some information that pleasantly surprises you and offers you some handy tips!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

(Two posts today, please scroll down)

Love is as simple and as complicated as the following:

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 guests this week are IQ al Rassooli and Mr. Ducky.

Listen to the February 14, 2014 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

You own it, Democrats

by Sam Huntington

Watching this video, I wonder how many staunch Democrats can say they are proud of how their president and his cabinet handled this 3 a.m. phone call. No matter how many times they dodge the issue, deny it, blow it off as much ado about nothing, the fact is that American leftists own this disgrace. And the video is right about something else, too ... we need Americans leading America, not Kenyans and not communists.

But of course, some will stop by and claim that Benghazi is just another phony scandal, all seeking to destroy the sterling reputation of our first black president and his Chicago thugocracy. Okay ... fine. Then let's take a look at something else the Democrats own ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Base Jumping

by Sam Huntington

This is an extreme sport where people jump off high cliffs with parachutes. One recent couple tried this, but only half of them reached the bottom safely. The parachute of the newly-wed female failed to deploy and she fell 2,000 feet to her death. Her husband jumped after she did, and ended up walking 10 miles to get help. I’m not sure what kind of help he needed at thiat point, other than help with processing his wife’s remains.

In any case, since base jumping is illegal in national parks, the husband has been cited by federal authorities.

Personally, libertarian leaning person that I am, I have no problem with people jumping to their death. Actually, I don’t even feel saddened by this story. If you are going to involve yourself in an extreme sport, then expect the worst to happen. Eventually, statistically, it will. This is why I am looking at this as the timely demise of someone who was just asking for it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bathroom Follies

There really are not words to describe how far beyond weird this story is:
Maine’s highest court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Nicole Maines’ school was wrong to require the fifth-grader to use a unisex bathroom, justices rule in a historic gender-identity decision that could be a model for other states.

The rights of a transgender girl from Orono were violated when school administrators made her use a staff bathroom at her elementary school instead of the girls’ restroom, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday.

The ruling is the first in which a state supreme court has affirmed a transgender person’s right to equal access to restrooms in places of public accommodation.

Lawyers representing Nicole Maines, who is now 16, said the decision could lay a foundation for other states’ courts that are facing questions about the emerging rights of people who identify as the opposite of their birth gender....
Read the rest HERE.  You have to read it to believe that this is the sorry condition into which America has descended by leaps and bounds.  The court's ruling was 5-1. The decision wasn't even close!

On January 31, 2014, I posted about this story at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, where I gleaned further information via comments (emphases mine):

Friday, February 7, 2014

This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and me.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time (3:00 P.M., EST).

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

Our scheduled guest this week is Mustang of A Montpelier View and Fix Bayonets!

We will be discussing THE FUTURE OF WARFARE: A FAIR CRITICISM, Mustang's recent essay at A Montpelier View.

Listen to the February 7, 2014 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ethnic Cleansing

by Sam Huntington

Carmelo Garcia is the Executive Director of the Hoboken, New Jersey Housing Authority.  He is also a state-assemblyman (elect) who accused Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer of attempting to force him to remove minorities out of the city, in favor of white, affluent residents [Source].  But Superior Court Judge Lawrence Maron dismissed Garcia’s lawsuit against Zimmer because of the fact that Garcia used the phrase “ethnic cleansing” of minorities.  It is a term typically reserved for mass genocide, the judge said.

The lawsuit alleged that Zimmer’s plans for public housing ultimately sought to change Hoboken Housing Authority by replacing “old guard” (long term) residents, mostly made up of Italians, Africans, and Hispanics with a “new guard” of upwardly mobile white residents.

Judge Maron said that Garcia can re-file his lawsuit on or before 14 February, absent the words “ethnic cleansing,” and Garcia has indicated that he will do that.  One may recall that Mayor Zimmer is the individual who accused Gov. Christie of withholding federal funds from Hurricane Sandy.  She is now accused of perjury in the Housing Authority case for lying during sworn testimony [Source].

Much of this is probably no more than business as usual in New Jersey politics, but given the record of racist policies by democrats over the past 100 years, the allegation that a New Jersey mayor sought to remove minorities form public housing does not come as a shock.  No one is a better poster child for Democratic/Progressive Party racism than Margaret Sanger, who may have invented the term “ethnic cleansing.”  We know that Adolf Hitler was impressed with Sanger’s ideas. 

“The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring … represents the most human act of mankind.”  —Adolf Hitler, Mein Kempf, 1926

“Birth control, which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method, and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics would immediately give concrete and realistic power to the science … as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health.”  —Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, 1922

But if this news article does anything at all, it reinforces the notion recently posted at our friend Z’s blog [Source].  Democrats may sneeringly refer to conservatives as racist, but well documented history and behavior shows us that it is the progressive movement with the most atrocious record toward minorities. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Recommended Reading

See Starring in my own movie by Tammy Swofford. I wish that more of my students understood the gravity of what they are doing in the various social media. As mentioned in the conclusion of the linked essay:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Musical Interlude

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Concerto for Flute And Concertante Harpsichord in D Major:

About the composer, George Philipp Telemann: