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Saturday, June 19, 2021

For Father's Day 2021

My father (June 19, 1911-January 30, 1998).  Today is your 110th birthday!

Dad in his twenties

Dad, in his sixties, is on the left.

I miss you, Dad — even though these words so apply to our relationship: 
"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still -- real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever" (from How Green Was My Valley).
 I don't know what Dad's favorite song was, but I do know that the award-winning 1941 movie How Green Was My Valley was his favorite film. When Dad and Mom were dating, this film was the one movie which he took her to see at the cinema when the film was re-released to theaters in 1950.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Insatiable Beast

Silverfiddle Rant!

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a talented La Tinks actor/writer/director of color with iron-clad progressive credentials. Now, the Neo-Maoists come for him. It appears he will survive the Struggle Session, learn from his shameful and humiliating mistakes, and go on to produce many intersectionally-correct productions that celebrate the Glorious People's Eternal Struggle.

From People Magazine:

Lin-Manuel Miranda Apologizes for Colorism in In The Heights: 'I Promise to Do Better'
"I'm seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don't feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles."

Miranda continued, "I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy."
Miranda's fellow running dog, Jon Chu, also quickly admitted fault and accepted his need for further education:
"Yeah, I mean I think that that was something we talked about and I needed to be educated about, of course," Chu, 41, responded.

"But I hear you on trying to fill those cast members with darker-skinned [actors]. I think that's a really good conversation to have, something that we should all be talking about," he added
The actress who starred in this shameful colorist nightmare also issued profound apologies, but it gets tedious, so you can go read it all for yourself.

The Horrors of "White-Passing"

A "Black woman of Cuban descent" who writes for a progressive propaganda sheet interrogated the filmmakers about the troubling "lack of Black Latinx people represented" in the film considering the movie's main cast "were light-skinned or white-passing Latinx people."

Never worry, Miranda is "Listening," "holding space," "learning, " and promising to "do better." No doubt he will:
"I'm truly sorry," he wrote. "I'm learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I'm listening. I'm trying to hold space for both the incredible pride in the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings. Thanks for your honest feedback. I promise to do better in my future projects, and I'm dedicated to the learning and evolving we all have to do to make sure we are honoring our diverse and vibrant community. Siempre, LMM."

Pardon the mixed metaphors, but the guillotine's thirst is never slaked.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Video: The Mass Psychosis And The Demons Of Dostoevsky

(hat tip to DEPLORABLE Bloggers Alliance)

Worth a few moments of your consideration:

The desire for power, often paired with self-deception, is eternal and very nearly ubiquitous across Time. 

Also of interest...The Manufacturing of a Mass Psychosis - Can Sanity Return to an Insane World?:

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down) 

For this weekend, a feast for the ears and suitable for quiet reflection. Enjoy Vaughan Williams: The best orchestral works (except symphonies):

About the above:
01.Five variants of Dives & Lazarus 00:00 02.English Folk Song Suite: 1.March 12:33 03.English Folk Song Suite: 2.Intermezzo 15:27 04.English Folk Song Suite: 3.March 18:20 05.Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis 21:23 06.Fantasia on Greensleeves 37:06 07.March of the kitchen utensils 41:45 08.Norfolk rhapsody no.1 44:55 09.The lark ascending 55:13 10.The Wasps overture 01:09:50

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Left is Crazy

Silverfiddle Rant!
Yes, people on the left really are crazy.  Many on the left "ignore the science" and continue to wear masks even after getting vaccinated, and they suffer more psychosis and authoritarian tendencies.  Privileged white racists aren't performing enough hate crimes, so leftwing activists have to make them up.  By the hundreds.

People like the poor cracked woman quoted below provide a window into the hysteria-fueled progressive psyche.  She is clearly driven by irrational fear and loathing.  She performs the all-too-human act of projecting her bugaboos onto those she doesn't like and she ascribes motives with zero evidence. I pity her. 

New York Times editorial board Mara Gay told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she was disturbed to see pickup trucks with "dozens of American flags" and Trump paraphernalia during a recent trip to Long Island.

"I was on Long Island this weekend," she said. "And I was really disturbed."

"I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, which essentially the message was clear, this is my country. This is not your country. I own this."

Monday, June 7, 2021


Scorched earth (hat tip to 100% Fed Up): 

The above confrontation is not unique the past several weeks. Similar scorched earth is happening all over the United States as school boards prepare to implement Critical Race Theory across the curricula and across all grade levels this coming school term.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Musical Interlude

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Music and images that match the overwhelming grief in my soul:

About Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6
The Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, also known as the Pathétique Symphony, is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final completed symphony, written between February and the end of August 1893. The composer entitled the work "The Passionate Symphony", employing a Russian word, Патетическая (Pateticheskaya), meaning "passionate" or "emotional", which was then (mis-)translated into French as pathétique, meaning "solemn" or "emotive". 
The composer led the first performance in Saint Petersburg on 28 October [O.S. 16 October] of that year, nine days before his death....
Interesting reading: the above piece's place in popular culture.  Worth your time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Expertendammerung: "a Fireball of Public Anger"

Silverfiddle Rant!
"Should it turn out that scientists and experts and NGOs, etc. are villains rather than heroes of this story, we may very well see the expert-worshiping values of modern liberalism go up in a fireball of public anger."

"Lab leaks happen. They aren’t the result of conspiracies: “a lab accident is an accident,” as Nathan Robinson points out; they happen all the time, in this country and in others, and people die from them.

By the way, right-wingers didn’t dream up “gain of function”: all the cool virologists have been doing it (in this country and in others) even as the squares have been warning against it for years.

Think of all the disasters of recent years: 
economic neoliberalism, destructive trade policies, the Iraq War, the housing bubble, banks that are “too big to fail,” mortgage-backed securities, the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2016 — all of these disasters brought to you by the total, self-assured unanimity of the highly educated people who are supposed to know what they’re doing, plus the total complacency of the highly educated people who are supposed to be supervising them."

This is why normal people with common sense no longer lap up what the Inofotainment Media Complex pukes out.  As Farmer wisely reminds us, today's "experts" have no skin in the game, so we should never make the mistake of automatically trusting them.

Extra Credit:

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"Stealing is...reparations"

The title of this blog post is just one stupid utterance documented in the video below. Another stupid is utterance in that the pandemic has caused an outbreak of crime: 

Is America waking up to the insanities documented above and prepared to vote out certain feckless leaders and "cancel" their sycophantic mouthpieces in the media and in academia?

Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

This Memorial Day Weekend, amid shopping for bargains, getting together with family and friends after all the months of pandemic lockdowns, and enjoying the traditional Memorial Day Weekend cookouts, let us remember the significance of Memorial Day: honoring Our Fallen, who made the ultimate sacrifice.  

Gone, but never forgotten.

American military cemeteries around the world:

For many, the concept of honoring Our Fallen holds the deepest kind of personal significance:
Surely we can all find time to do some reading appropriate for this weekend...2021 Memorial Day: 30 facts, meaning and history to celebrate this holiday.

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Continuing Devolution Of California

Back when Mr. AOW and I vacationed in Southern California from 1975-2006, I always looked forward to visiting festive and beautiful Venice Beach. Such a beautiful place, bustling with activity and joy! Yes, there were a few vagrants, but so few as barely to be noticed. But now:

Additional information (video): Venice Beach taken over by homeless encampments.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy the symphonic poem Vltava (The Moldau) by Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884):

(Please take a few moments to read about the above selection, evoking the sounds of the flowing of one of Bohemia's great rivers and which contains Smetana's most famous tune, also the basis of the Israeli National Anthem

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

“You never know who is vaccinated or who is lying”

Silverfiddle Rant!
I detect a disturbing trend in our nation:  People are expecting guarantees and definitive answers that real life and "experts" simply cannot provide:

With no national system to check who is vaccinated and who is not, the new federal guidance leaves an unavoidable — but gaping — hole, some people said. There’s no guarantee, they said, that unvaccinated people will not discard their masks along with the vaccinated ones, potentially creating a risk that the virus will continue to circulate.

I proffer two articles that provide a snapshot into the state of America today. Please read them and share your thoughts on what a year and an half of masking has done to this nation:
"Masking, a rare practice in the United States just 14 months ago, has become a normal part of American life."

God forbid we ever consider a year with diapers on our faces "normal."  My "favorite" quotes from the articles:

She said she wondered whether unvaccinated people would rip off their masks, putting her daughter at risk before she could get her shots. With no system to track whether people in public spaces have been inoculated, Garrett figured she couldn't know for sure.

“I’m thinking that until we really know more about it from empirical scientific evidence, that we should keep the mask in place, especially in public,” he said.

“It freaked me out,” Mary Beagan, 77, said of riding the elevator in her Minneapolis apartment building on Friday and seeing a woman step on with no mask. Yes, Ms. Beagan had heard about the C.D.C’s announcement. And yes, she has had her Covid-19 vaccines. Still, after all these months, it felt kind of scary.

“I still don’t know where people have been to; they don’t know where I’ve been,” said Yamilet Rebolledo, 24, who wore a fuchsia mask to the farmers’ market and said she plans to continue covering her face even once she is vaccinated.

“I’m hyper-aware that wearing a mask or not wearing a mask says something about me,” said Annie Krabbenschmidt, 27, a gig worker and writer who lives in Los Angeles. She said she had apprehensions about giving up her mask. “They are so much more than a safety vest, at this point.”

Monday, May 17, 2021

Higher Education?

Found in a stash of blog-posts drafts in my Blogger dashboard. True then, true now?
From The College Fix (October 4, 2020), we have this "speech guide."  The list is from Virginia's James Madison University, where the 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition along with other fees, including room and board, for in-state students is $23,918 and out-of-state tuition plus fees and room and board, is $40,818.

 Dated October 4, 2020. 2020-2021 Undergraduate tuition, along with other fees, including room and board at JMU = https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid-and-scholarships.shtml Entering Students (2020-21) - Per year In-state tuition: $7,250 Comprehensive fee: $5,080 Room and board*: $11,588 Total in-state: $23,918 Out-of-state tuition: $24,150 Comprehensive fee: $5,080 Room and board*: $11,588 Total out-of-state: $40,818 The full list of 35 “dumb” expressions is (emphases mine): 

1. “Some of my best friends are …” 

2. “I know exactly how you feel.” 

3. “I don’t think of you as …” 

4. “The same thing happens to me too.” 

5. “It was only a joke! Don’t take things so seriously.” 

6. What do ‘your’ people think.” 

7. “What are you?” or “Where are you really from?” 

8. “I don’t see color” or “I’m color blind.” 

9. “You are so articulate.” 

10. “It is so much better than it used to be. Just be patient.” 

11. “You speak the language very well.” 

12. Asking black people about their hair or hygiene. 

13. Saying to LBGTQ people “what you do in the privacy of your own bedroom is your business.” 

14. “Yes, but you are a ‘good’ one.” 

15. “You have such a pretty face.” 

16. “I never owned slaves.” 

17. “If you are going to live in this country, learn to speak the language!” 

18. “She/he is a good person. She/he didn’t mean anything by it.” 

19. “When I’ve said the same thing to other people like you, they don’t mind.” 

20. Calling women “girls, honey, sweetie pie” or other familiar terms. 

21. When people of color say, “It is not the same thing.” 

22. When people of faith say, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” 

23. When white men say, “We are the ones being discriminated against now!” 

24. Referring to older people as “cute.” 

25. Asking a transgender person, “What are you really? A man or a woman?” 

26. Referring to the significant other, partner, or spouse of a same gender couple as their “friend.” 

27. “Why do ‘they’ (fill in the blank) always have to sit together? They are always sticking together.” 

28. “People just need to pick themselves up by their bootstraps.” 

29. People with disabilities are “courageous.” 

30. “That’s so gay/queer. That’s so retarded.” 

31. “I don’t see difference. We are all part of the same race, the human race.” 

32. I don’t care if you are pink, purple or orange, I treat all people the same.” 

33. Asking a transgender person, “Have you had the operation.” 

34. Saying to a Jewish person, “You are so lucky to have ‘your’ Christmas spread over a week!” 

35. “Here’s another book on political correctness.”

The entire document is HERE, and each individual item has an "explanation" or "supportive material."

Mind you, I wouldn't utter most of the above statements.  As a young person, however, I would have.

Besides, a university is supposed to be, by definition, a place where students are exposed to new and different ideas and opinions.  

Back in the days when I attended university (1968-1973), I was exposed to plenty of different ideas.  I evaluated those ideas ("Keep the best, lose the rest") — that was my job as student.

Today, students at so many of our institutions of learning are being turned into Leftism-spouting automatons.  Weep for America. Weep for our  Bill of Rights.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy the serene Images pour orchestre by Claude Debussy (1862-1918):

Sections of the above piece:
1. Gigues (0:00)
2. Iberia:
I. Par les rues et par les chemins (7:30)
II. Les parfums de la nuit (14:30)
III. Le matin d'un jour de fête (22:00)
3. Rondes de printemps (26:20)

Friday, May 14, 2021

Masks Off!

But only if fully vaccinated:
Are we going to be on an honor system, or are we going to have to wear our vaccination cards on lanyards to gain admittance to certain places or if in certain situations?

Monday, May 10, 2021

Recommended Reading

People Have Gotten ‘Institutionalized’ by COVID (dated May 6, 2021). 

...As the vaccine has brought the promise of liberation from a year of masks, lockdowns, canceled travel plans, and forgone family visits, there is a contingent of Americans who are simply not prepared to move on. They have somehow gotten used to the restrictions and are wary of returning to their pre-COVID-19 lives. In short, they’ve become “institutionalized.”...
 ...[W]e are in the midst of a destructive feedback loop. Leaders make statements that overstate the current risk of COVID-19, which ends up guiding the decisions of local officials, and it also makes people more nervous about returning to normal. The people who are nervous remain less likely to pressure local officials to change irrational policies....
Read the entire essay HERE

As I observe all the mask wearers here in Northern Virginia all masked up even when jogging or alone in their cars, I have to wonder if we are turning into a nation of hypochondriacs and — worse — a nation of sheeple. 

And we also have the extreme vaxxers (from Facebook): 
One solution to getting everyone to get the vaccine...bar anyone who has not had a vaccine (except for those with medical reasons) from entrance to any store, restaurant, bar, airplane, resort, movie theater, etc. Maybe when we deprive them of such things will they come to their senses.
Can we somehow turn back the clock so that Americans are not running scared and willing to subject themselves to tyrannical voices?

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down) 

Enjoy "Be Still, My Soul" as performed by the British vocal ensemble Voces8:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. 
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. 
Leave to thy God to order and provide; 
In every change, He faithful will remain. 
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly friend 
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. 

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake 
To guide the future, as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; 
All now mysterious shall be bright at last. 
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know 
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below. 

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart, 
And all is darkened in the vale of tears, 
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart, 
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears. 
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay 
From His own fullness all He takes away. 

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on 
When we shall be forever with the Lord. 
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone, 
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. 
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past 
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last. 

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise 
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high; 
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways, 
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye. 
Be still, my soul: the sun of life divine 
Through passing clouds Shall but more brightly shine. 

This hymn was a favorite of Eric Liddell, the athlete who became famous in the 1924 Olympics for refusing to run on the Sabbath (see the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire). 

Liddell later became a missionary in China, and was imprisoned during World War II. He is said to have taught this hymn to others in the prison camp (where he eventually died of a brain tumor). 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Quote Of The Day

Last week, my good friend Mustang stated the following at GeeeZ:
I would not want the sun to set at the end of today with anyone on the right thinking that the reality of the present has only recently manifested itself. Have we forgotten that when the American people rejected socialism almost as frequently as they rejected William Jennings Bryan, that the socialist leaders announced, in the late 1940s, that they intended to seize our education system so that they could grow their own future socialists? Well, they have. Generation after generation has been the subject of leftist brainwashing in disguise of education. As each beguiled generation grew into adulthood and became parents themselves, they, in turn, became the willing participants of the socialist plan until presently, we are left with only a few parents who object to what is going on inside our schools. 
Generation after generation of programmed young people who grew into adulthood to become the neo-Communist members of Congress, who occupied judgeships, who led the government’s many departments and agencies, who advanced to become four-star generals, journalists, and newscasters, who became the owners and operators of America media corporations, each of whom has fed newer generations with Marxist filth, each one breaking down our society into its many parts so that people today imagines that we have a right to choose and modify our biological identity, and that anyone who disagrees with their reality is a right-wing racist, and that God is merely a figment of our imaginations. 

It is today too late to save America from herself. The misery of future generations is already guaranteed. America is already destroyed. Biden is proof of that — he and the tens of millions of people who subscribe to the foolish arguments of the new left. A new America will arise from this chaos: one whose flag will have a hammer and sickle in one corner and a raised black fist in the other. Welcome to the new Kenya, folks. The inmates have taken over the asylum. 
Is Mustang correct in his assertions, particularly that there is no hope for the future of our republic? And if there is hope to counter what Mustang informs us has taken place, how exactly can we bring that hope to fruition?

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down) 

 Please enjoy the short lecture, then Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance):

Happy Weekend, Happy Spring!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Canadian Doctor: "The most grave injustice our society has ever experienced"

(with a hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance

One short video is posted below. Then follow the link at the bottom to view next four videos. Please watch all five short videos before commenting.
Go HERE to view the remaining four short videos.

So, have we been "had bad"? As in...

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Bittersweet Nostalgia

(For politics, please scroll down)

Many of the regular readers of this blog will enjoy the video below:

The comments at YouTube are fun, too.

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Origins Of "The Narrative"

(hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance, where Pastorius notes: The fact that this video is "Age Restricted" on Youtube proves that what he says is correct)

If only more "true believers" indoctrinated in our education system would watch the video below!  Perhaps the eyes of some would be opened — if only a little.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

This weekend, enjoy Spring, Opus 34, by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936):

[About Alexander Glazunov and a must read!] 

One of the YouTube comments about Spring:
Glazunov, pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, teacher of Shostakovich, composed this lovely piece in 1891, yet it sounds so modern ... as if it could have been written only yesterday!...

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Beyond Fragile Little Snowflake Status

From the Left Coast comes this video clip of this pathetic creature (hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance):
Comment at Deplorable Bloggers Alliance
revereridesagain said... If you have an "extremely compromised immune system", what the hell are you doing riding elevators at all? The rest of the world cannot and if it wants to retain anything of its freedom will not stop everything to accommodate people like you. Get a damn face shield to go with your designer mask and stop throwing tantrums when others are just living their lives.

Monday, April 5, 2021

So Weary Of The Narratives (Lies)

As regular readers of this blog know, I took month-long break from blogging because of Mr. AOW's death.   So much to do!

 As a result, I often have the television on for background noise while I am sorting through papers or on hold with one entity or another.  I have been inundated with narratives from the Left!

 I am especially weary of the narrative (lie) debunked below:

And then there's this...  

Myth vs. Fact: The Georgia Election Law, the full text of which is below:

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Mr. AOW Has Gone Home

This morning, Mr. AOW (1949-2021) passed peacefully at the hospice facility: end stage renal failure with complications.  His passing was expected the past ten days or so.  He was at the hospice for eight and one-half days.

I was on my way to the hospice for my morning visit with him when I got the phone call.  

The hospice didn't see the usual signs in advance in order to summon me.  Just as well.  Mr. AOW and I decided years ago that I shouldn't sit bedside for the end.  

One moment, he was cracking a joke.  The next moment, he was gone.

While Mr. AOW was at the hospice for that brief time, he had more visitors and phone calls than he'd had in eleven and one-half here at home under post-stroke care.  What an irony!

I am grateful for the excellent care my husband received at the hospice.  This is what end-of-life care should be!  I'm also grateful that Mr. AOW was lucid right up to the very end.

Any blog friends wishing to know the arrangements should contact me via email, as shown in the right sidebar. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sad News

Corrections from Always On Watch in red.  Somehow I miscommunicated where Mr. AOW is on the timeline of life.

Mr AOW is on the verge of passing away after a brief struggle with kidney disease caused by long-term diabetes and high blood pressure.  He is now under hospice care.

Mr. AOW is a US Army veteran, Vietnam Era. He and Mrs AOW began dating 49 years ago this month.  They  married on June 17, 1972.  A lifetime with each other and living in the same house all those years!

He has been in poor health for years, and I just want to say that AOW is an incredibly strong and Godly woman who has taken care of her husband in their house while also teaching children. AOW is a stellar example of living one's wedding vows "in good times and bad, in sickness and in health."  Let's keep her and the soul of her soon to depart husband in our prayers.

Here is Mr. AOW's "ABOUT ME" from his blog:
I am a veteran of the Vietnam War Era and a political conservative even though I'm from Southern California.
I have been married over 40 years to the best blogger on the web: Always On Watch (aka AOW and Mrs. AOW).
Severely disabled by a brain hemorrhage in 2009, I still love life!
I have the use of only one hand, so my seek-and-find typing is very slow.  However, I do read and appreciate comments to my blog.
I believe that laughter is the best medicine.  Send me jokes!  I'm an equal opportunity insulter.  Heh.

Rest in Peace when your time comes, Mr. AOW.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Dems Play Politics, Repubs Play Pocket Pool

Silverfiddle Rant!
Casey Stengel is up there with fellow baseball great Yogi Berra for colorful quotes. Here are a couple that could apply to the fumble-fingered GOP:

"Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose 'em I never knew existed before."

"Can't anybody here play this game?"

Democrats know how to play the game.  Sandy Cortez scored bigtime and helped the beta boy in the process:
"Wow. We officially raised $1 million for Texas relief at 9:17pm.," she tweeted. "Thank you all so much. Folded hands I'm at a loss for words. Always in awe of movement work."

By Friday, she tweeted, that figure had risen to $2 million and she announced she was going to fly to Houston to join with Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz hit himself in the head with a ball bat... while striking out...
After returning to Houston on Thursday afternoon, Cruz told reporters outside his home it was "obviously a mistake" and that "in hindsight I wouldn't have done it."
Love her or hate her, Sandy knows how to play the game.

Meanwhile, the GOP can't catch a break.  Can they catch a clue?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mega Dittos!

Silverfiddle Rant!
Rush Limbaugh has died.  Conservatives are mourning, and many sick, pathetic leftists who live bitter, shriveled lives are celebrating his death.

I am already on the record stating I gave up conservative talk radio years ago (is Hannity still on the air?) but I did hear Rush every now and then because my rightwing wife is a Rush 24/7 subscriber.
The man was indeed a unique talent, and I don't see anyone wearing the talk radio crown the way he did.  Big national talk radio is waning, and radio will eventually transition to something else, as it has continually done since Marconi and Tesla.

What is Rush's lasting legacy?

What did he mean to you?

Open forum, please stay on topic.  Be warned, if you respond to a cut-and-paste boilerplate spammer or a slobbering leftwing troll, your comment gets zapped along with the main comment.  That is just how Blogger works.

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Maoist State of America

Silverfiddle Rant!

Another day, another un-woke celebrity cancelled by the Red Guard...
The persecution of Gina Carano
Her sacking perfectly illustrates the hypocrisy and intolerance of the woke elites.

So far, she has not opted for a self-flagellating Maoist Struggle Session, which seems to be all the rage lately.  She must be smart enough to realize you cannot appease the baying mob.  

"The guillotine's thirst for blood is never slaked."

These theatrical self-shaming debasements all hit the same notes.  You could play word bingo with them: Systemic racism, inexcusable, painful, white privilege, people of color, etc...

...but the most disturbing aspects of the public self-accusations are the admissions of "ignorance," and the promise to "learn" (be reeducated).  This ends in a dark place.  I leave you with a few examples that could have been taken directly from historical accounts of Mao's Cultural Revolution:

NY Times food critic offered this obsequious self-mortification for criticizing a woman of color:
“I’m a white woman who has and will continue to benefit from white privilege and I recognize that makes what I said even more inexcusable and hurtful. The fact that it didn’t occur to me that I had singled out two Asian women is one hundred percent a function of my privilege (being blind to racial insensitivities is a discriminatory luxury).
My favorite, a florid burst of self-censure from the Poetry Foundation:
“To our community of contributors, subscribers, partners, and visitors which includes,” it noted, “but is not limited to, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Asian, trans, non-binary, and queer people, undocumented and other immigrants, people with disabilities, and those struggling financially: we apologize for our silence in the face of crisis amid the call to dismantle institutional racism.”
The host of "The Bachelor" fell afoul of the Social Control Ministers at Ingsoc when he did not collapse into an attack of vapors and immediately organize the horsewhipping of a woman contestant who attended an antebellum themed party when she was in high school. 

His groveling self-rebuke hits all the required notes with an economy of words:
“What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so sorry.”
"By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was wrong,”
Here are quotes from a college professor's particularly operatic apology for the crime of extolling the virtues of college football: 
"I am sorry for the hurt, sadness, frustration, fatigue, exhaustion and pain this article has caused anyone, but specifically Black students in the higher education community and beyond," writes the Ohio State University professor. "I am struggling to find the words to communicate the deep ache for the damage I have done."

My center is as a learner, so movement for me will involve unlearning and relearning by listening, reading, dialoguing, reflecting and writing as a means for increasing my awareness and knowledge about systemic racism and the experiences of people of color and people who hold marginalized identities different from my own."

I am just beginning to understand how I have harmed communities of color with my words. I am learning that my words—my uninformed, careless words—often express an ideology wrought in whiteness and privilege. I am learning that my commitment to diversity has been performative, ignoring the pain the Black community and other communities of color have endured in this country. I am learning that I am not as knowledgeable as I thought I was, not as antiracist that thought I was, not as careful as I thought I was. For all of these, I sincerely apologize.

I know it's not anyone's job to forgive me, but I ask for it—another burden of a white person haunted by his ignorance.
In this last sad example, a former fighter pilot and Boeing executive apologizes for writing an article opposing women in combat.  33 years ago:
In an apology upon leaving the company for an article he wrote in 1987 opposing women in combat, then-Boeing executive Niel Golightly said the article was “painful because it is wrong. Painful because it is offensive to women. Painful because it reminds me of the sharp and embarrassing education the uninformed and unformed ‘me’ of that time received as soon as the piece appeared.”
This will not end well.

Jonathan Chait and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Take Friendly Fire for Defending Fired Star Wars Actor Gina Carano: ‘Stop This Bullsh*t’

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Swing and a miss! Strike two

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CNN's Chris Cillizza splains...

Why Democrats blinked in the Senate impeachment trial

Poor Dems in government and the press are like the guy in the gay cowboy movie, still clinging to President Trump and declaring, "I just can't quit you!"

What say you?  Please sound off on the election, the aftermath, and this shabby impeachment.  Its an open thread.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

How the Election was Stolen

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Molly Ball has come out bragging about how she was privy to a cabal of powerful special interests that colluded to steal reelection from President Trump.

Joy Pullmann at The Federalist has the best analysis. I recommend it to anyone wanting to understand what happened.  

No voting machine corporations risking financial ruin to oust the bad orange man, no Russia-China-Venezuela conspiracy, no krakens, just good old fashioned political chicanery, Democrat party lawsuits, and changing the voter rules enough to provide space for mischief.

Here's the salient point from Pullmann's analysis:
Mail-in ballots are known as an unreliable voting method, even without its potential assistance to criminal fraud such as ballot-stuffing, because they create margins of error well within the margin of actual votes in a close election. That’s why labor unions, Jeff Bezos, and many foreign countries refuse to use them.
What that means is, the number of mail-in votes this election--which usually have rejection rates of 5 to 20 percent--was much greater than the margin of Biden's victory in the key battleground states he won, and rejection rates this election were miraculously almost zero.  

"They Rigged It"

First, the conspirators invented a crisis:
One of the core problems with the 2020 election is that many states did not follow their voting laws, suspending them with the excuse of COVID (which the Centers for Disease Control said the day before the election, after most votes were already cast, was not necessary).
The lawyers moved in to protect these ad-hoc changes, and then the press blanketed us with propaganda crafted to psychologically condition us to their planned outcome:
The article shows how these activists pushed a narrative that election results would not be known on election night as part of their campaign to box out Trump. It then openly admits to a subsequent orchestrated attempt to anoint Biden the winner before all the votes had been tallied. This is how leftists made their “fever dream” a reality.
The next part was easy. Poll workers had wide latitude to accept or reject mail-in ballots, the number of which was greater than the overall election margin:
Therefore, in a mail-in election such as 2020, in which half of the total votes and most of the Biden votes were mail-in, one can control the outcome simply by controlling the poll-watchers and vote-counters. Even if they are honest, their unconscious bias or the simple mayhem of unreadable handwriting and signatures creates the conditions for untrustworthy results.

We have no way of knowing how many of the approximately 65 million 2020 election mail-in ballots were legal — meaning, how many fully complied with all applicable state laws to be validly completed by eligible voters. It could be all of them. It might not be. Nobody with power seems to care to find out.
Please go read the whole article. If you must insist the election was stolen, this is the most logical theory.

Monday, February 8, 2021

LARPing towards Armageddon

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We need to rise above "automated bot-level arguments" and beat back the "hyenas of social media"

The Realignment Podcast, Ep. 89: Eric Weinstein, Reckoning with Capitol Chaos and How to Save America

Eric Weinstein crystalizes into coherent thought so much of what is going on right now. He also points to the way out of the nuthouse and back to some societal sanity.

You can listen to the podcast here on this blog, at the Realignment podcast website, or on your smart phone with Spotify or Google Podcast app (all free).  I enjoy podcasts because I can listen in little bites on the way to work or while doing chores around the house.  The podcast player keeps track of where you were and you can pick it back up anytime.

Weinstein's Key Points:

Post WW II America has been a rare period in time and place blessedly free of the societal ructions and human catastrophes so common in human history. 

We have to "deprogram" our fellow citizens out on the fringes, offer redemption and welcome them back.

We must stop canceling people, even those we vehemently disagree with. Redemption is a basic human need.  It is healthy for people and societies.

Institutional Media is driving our societal destruction.

The extremes of MAGA and Woke are cults.

We are LARPing to Armageddon.

Joe Biden is worse than Neville Chamberlain. 

The Wuhan Lab Theory is viable, much of what the "experts" are telling us about covid is confusing and often not credible.

Our leaders have failed us.  Everyone born before 1964 needs to get off the stage. Younger people need to "stop playing in the present and prepare for the future."

Weinstein's interview starts at the 7 minute mark. Skip to the 8 minute mark if you are impatient.  The first 10 minutes or so are Weinstein describing how deception, fakery and role-playing are a big part of the public displays we are witnessing.  From there he proceeds to criticize the talking heads who ascribe "meaning" to unfolding events as clueless, incurious, historically-ignorant half-wits no more qualified than you or me to provide commentary.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Taking A Break From The Web

Time for me to take a break from blogging, from Twitter, and from Facebook — and from watching and reading the news, too.  

We are helplessly watching the systematic dismantling of our republic.  As far as I'm concerned, every person who voted for Joe Biden is the enemy of our republic — and my enemy.  Really.

I can't keep watching and cataloguing the decline of our beloved republic:  

The watching and cataloguing of the above are literally making me sick.

Moreover, Mr. AOW's condition has declined, and he needs more caregiving now. 

It's all I can do to teach a few hours a week and keep up with the home front. 

The last thing that my mother said to me before she died in 1987: "Don't hurt your health."

I'm going to take Mom's advice.  For the sake of my health, after over fifteen years of intense blogging, I'm not going to spend much time on the web for the foreseeable future.

Take care.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Road Ahead

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“There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.”  -- Kurt Vonnegut

I ceased being a conservative years ago, mostly over tone and tenor issues.  Also, I don't like being herded and branded.

Its not about destroying Democrats or leftists.  Its about recapturing the American ideal of a place where we can all voice our opinions and live our own lives without using the power of the state and global corporations to smash and silence our fellow Americans who don't share our views.  I respect your right to gay marriage, and you respect the right of my church to not perform them.

The pain behind the protests of 2020 goes back hundreds of years, and we've got to be in solidarity with our fellow Americans.  Successive Democrat and Republican governments have failed to take concrete action, just as they have allowed whole working communities to be hollowed out, factories carted off to China, and good people and their communities left to rot, all in the name of free market capitalism.  

As my favorite poet has said, "the old road is rapidly aging."  The way ahead is neither left nor right.

I've probably angered some of you lately, but I value honesty, and I know you all do too.   I hope I didn't insult anyone, that sure wasn't my intent.

“There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—G-d damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Sean Hannity Won't Save You

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... but Tucker Carlson, Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald just might.
Salvation from totalitarian progressivism will not come from the Republican Party, nor will it come from the right.  It will come from the liberal left and non-aligned allies, including the Intellectual Dark Web .  

Many good liberals are getting stomped as well (Bret Weinstein and Anna Khachiyan for example), and are fighting back. 

Contrary to popular opinion, Sandy Cortez is not the future of American leftism; she is the last baby bubble burp of the old socialism of that shabby communist Bernie Sanders.  

I don't know how many people are in Sandy and Grandpa Bernie's neo-bolshevik camp versus how many are in the anti-totalitarian camp, but I know there is a substantial number of people on the left who are fed up with all this warmed-over 20th century totalitarian bullshit. 

Scholars of color like Glenn Loury and John McWhorter are blatantly calling Ibrahim Khendi, Robin DiAngelo and Nikole Hannah Jones frauds.  Professors at Cambridge have pushed  back recently on minor issues involving speech, and have won.  

That has happened in other universities as well, and it is left liberals within the institution, speaking the institutional language and appealing to the foundational principles of the institution.  That is how freedom wins. We can join in by stating our values clearly in a non-inflammatory way while respecting the considered views of others. And it will have to happen everywhere:  Hollywood, social media, the press, government, and private business. And I think it can.

We are not alone.  There is a whole world of thought and speech out there pushing back against the progressive totalitarians.  They seriously analyze, joyfully mock and openly flout totalitarian progressive orthodoxy and speech codes.  Many are self-described leftists and liberals, some are libertarians, but they all share a love of truth and liberty that transcends boundaries and labels. 

I commend to you the following individuals, web sites and podcasts in no particular order.  You won't always agree, but you will be educated and entertained. 

In no particular order...

* Matt Taibbi - Astute observer, brilliant liberal journalist taking down progressive totalitarianism 
* Glenn Greenwald - solid gold journalism
* Spiked Podcast (Brendan O'Neill) and Website
* Quillette podcast and website - IDW Flagship - Always excellent discussions
* Glenn Loury podcast - Wise professor who shares lessons learned
* Bret Weinstein podcast - Scholarly discussion
* Eric Weinstein podcast - Scholarly discussion
* Making Sense podcast (Sam Harris) - He will probably make you mad, but he is a great example of how to properly characterize the point of view you disagree with and then civilly argue against it, while conceding points and empathizing with those who you disagree with
* Joe Rogan - Trenchant discussion.  He brings on smart people and asks questions everyday people would ask.
* The Fifth Column - Raucous, rambling discussion of current events.  Irreverent and often vulgar, traditional conservatives would not like it.
* Blocked and Reported (vapid sounding lefty gurls busting on political correctness).  Also probably not for traditional conservatives
* Red Scare (Anna Khachiyan and and Dasha Nekrasova)

Tune in Thursday!