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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.


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:


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!

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

Sunday, December 19, 2021

For The Fourth Sunday In Advent

(For politics and an open thread, please scroll down)

First, read about the Choir of King's College (emphases mine):

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, is one of the world’s best-known choral groups. Founded in the 15th century, it ranks among the oldest of its kind, and, while originally created for singing the daily services in the college chapel, now enjoys an international tour schedule that has seen it perform all over Europe and beyond. Every Christmas Eve, millions of people tune in to watch the choir’s A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s – a service which has been continuously broadcast since 1928.

Recorded in 1994, this reissue joins the group’s already extensive discography of Christmas music – recordings that have enhanced its worldwide fame and reputation. The compilation mixes some of the best-loved traditionals, including Once in royal David’s city and O Come all ye faithful, with more recent repertoire – such as Rutter’s rousing What Sweeter Music and Judith Weir’s striking Illuminare, Jerusalem (specially commissioned by the choir for its 1985 annual service). Also featured are traditional German, French, Dutch and Polish carols (including two settings of Dulce Jubilo) – works which, together with Pärt’s enchanting Bogoróditse Dyévo [meaning Mother of God and Virgin], contribute to a wonderfully eclectic disc that provides over an hour of festive cheer.

This music is an important part of our heritage of Western Culture, of Christianity. Volume up!  The index to the selections is below the video.


Track list: 

 00:00:00 Once in royal David’s city 

00:04:41 Rejoice and be merry 

00:06:11 Ding dong, merrily on high  

00:08:19 What Sweeter Music 

00:12:37 O little town of Bethlehem  

00:16:17 A Spotless Rose  

00:19:25 Heer Jezus heeft een hofken (organ variations) 

 00:26:44 King Jesus hath a garden  

00:30:10 The Lamb  

00:33:39 Bogoróditse Dyévo 

00:34:55 Infant holy, infant lowly 

00:36:43 Illuminare, Jerusalem  

00:39:12 While shepherds watched  

00:41:54 Quittez, pasteurs 

00:45:05 In dulci jubilo (organ prelude)

00:48:06 In dulci jubilo  

00:50:46 The First Nowell 

00:56:09 Coventry Carol  

00:59:17 Personent hodie  

01:01:49 O come all ye faithful 

Artist: The Choir of King's College, Cambridge 

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Friday, December 17, 2021

Get it off your chest

Just because we are all just experiments in Dr Megel.... ummm errr Dr Fauci's 'whatever' camp, doesn't mean.... something something something or the other. 

bum bum bum   bum bum bum   bum bum bum bum bum


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Covid by the Numbers

Silverfiddle Rant!
From the New York Times, as plagiarized by Dnyuz

"...the United States stands on the cusp of surpassing 800,000 deaths from the virus..."

"Seventy-five percent of people who have died of the virus in the United States — or about 600,000 of the nearly 800,000 who have perished so far — have been 65 or older. 

Thank you, New York Times for this excellent article. This brings home the fact that... 
One in 100 older Americans has died from the virus. 
That is a frightening crude mortality rate for that demographic: 1% of all people over 65. The Times adds...
For people younger than 65, that ratio is closer to 1 in 1,400.
That is a crude mortality rate of roughly 0.1% for those under 65. Data from the UK--where the government actually tracks and reports useful metrics--reports that for people under 65, around 70% of Covid deaths were people with pre-existing conditions. This is useful information our government should be collecting and reporting.  That brings the death rate for the healthy under 65 population to down around 0.03%.  When adjusted for time (a flu season is about 4 months), this makes Covid for that demographic three times deadlier than the 2019 flu season. *

For all people under 65, Covid is ten times as deadly as a more severe flu season, but that number is meaningless.  We need stratification by age and preexisting conditions to make informed decisions. 

For two years now, government and the Infotainment Media Complex has harassed and assaulted us with horrible, hysterical, and factually inaccurate reporting on Covid.  Preening government camera hog Fauci hasn't helped matters, nor has the shrieking, blubbering mess of a bureaucrat Dr. Walensky.  The New York Times article puts human faces on the numbers and puts the data into an understandable context.
By now, Covid-19 has become the third leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older, after heart disease and cancer. It is responsible for about 13 percent of all deaths in that age group since the beginning of 2020, more than diabetes, accidents, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Government stupidly hounded, cajoled and propagandized working age people and children and adolescents, closing down schools and businesses, when it should have ditched the scary language and simply issued data-driven advice so people of all ages could make their own informed decisions.  

Did government commit elder abuse by blaring alarums at the elderly--who are the demographic that has the highest trust in government--to "lockdown" and "self-quarantine" for going on two years now?  Could government have done a better job informing them, so they could make their own risk/reward decisions?

Please go read the article.  It has quotes and anecdotes from a broad spectrum of older folks.  And before you go, please give this John Prine song a listen...

* NOTE: Back of the cocktail napkin calculations.  I was too lazy to dump it all into a spreadsheet and get exact numbers, and showing my work would have made for some dry reading.  Here's another comparison

Monday, December 13, 2021

Recommended Reading

See The California Crime Wave: The state’s justice system has become a tragic joke by Michael Reagan (Patriot Post, December 10, 2021).  The beginning of the essay: 
My daughter has a nice little house in a safe neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. 

Until recently she never really had to worry about crime or her personal safety. 

But now suburban places like hers in Northern California and Southern California are being hit by a crime wave that has never hit them before. 

 As you’ve seen on national TV, “smash-and-grab” gangs are hitting shopping malls like the one near her — the same one I often take my granddaughters to. 

And now there are even young thugs who’ll follow you home from the mall and break into your house.

It's no wonder my daughter is afraid to go out to her mailbox in the dark by herself....
Read the rest HERE.

"Smash-and-grab attacks" are not only occurring in California. See Spike in smash-and-grab attacks means bad news in store for shoppers (New York Post Editorial Board, November 21, 2021). 

In your view, what are the causes of these "smash-and-grab attacks"?

And what are the remedies?

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Get if off your chest.

 In an attempt to scale back off topic comments, we have decided to make "Get it off your chest" a recurrent post, perhaps weekly.

Abusive comments might still be deleted at the Administrator's discretion.  If you don't like it, you may haul your ass on down the road. You may complain if you wish, but just remember, "Our Blog, Our Rules!"




Monday, December 6, 2021

Cult of Covid: Mass Formation

Silverfiddle Rant!

“In a world of propaganda, the truth is always a conspiracy”
 - Herbert Hildebrandt 

In a world becoming increasingly unhinged, I place my faith in God and thank Him for family and good friends.

Still, I have had my doubts.  I see it.  Others see it.  Why are so many supposed experts and elites spewing such nonsense, and why do they appear to be obfuscating and propagandizing instead of providing clear facts and sometimes telling us simply that they don't know?  

CDC Director Rachel Walensky tearfully wailing about "impending doom" (that ended up not happening). 

Why are good, smart and rational people acting so irrationally? Covid kills, it is real, but we understand it now, how it is transmitted, what it does to people based upon their health and age, and we have drugs to help those who get sick from it.  Those fanning the flames of hysteria fail to put covid in context.

Child Abuse

We know Covid is less dangerous to those 18 and under than the seasonal flu, yet the government allowed the teachers unions to mau mau them into mandating vaccines for children, forcing them to wear masks, and conducting performative school shutdowns.  This is government-sanctioned child abuse on a mass scale, propelled by the largest collective case of Munchausen by Proxy in human history. 

As I've already said, The Lord is my consolation, but I am human, and finding other people--good, smart, highly-educated people--who are also alarmed by this societal mass hysteria comforts me.

Disproportionate Response

Prof. Mattias Desmet is a professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium, and he also has a degree in math and statistics.  He noticed early on that the covid data did not match the out-of-all-proportions response by governments around the world.  

Here in the US, 75% of Covid deaths are in people above 65 years old, yet government destroyed jobs, livelihoods and academic careers of students and working age people.   And governments today continue hounding this cohort and fomenting pogrom-like frenzies against them while refusing to publish clear statistical information on just how few people with no comorbidities are in danger of death.

Desmet posits this is a Mass Formation, aka Mass Hypnosis.  He lists four conditions that make a society ripe for this:
1. Lack of Social Bonds.  
2. Lack of meaning in life
3. Free-Floating, Inchoate Anxiety
4. Free-Floating Frustration and Anger
All that is left is the spark.  In this case, covid: 
This has now happened. The anxiety and lonely isolation many felt before the pandemic and during the pandemic found their perfect “object of anxiety” and is solidly locked on to the pandemic and vaccine narrative…they cannot be tolerant or allow dissent or different voices and don’t want to even hear any questioning.  (Quoted in Dr Herd)
All the free-floating anxiety and anger, now turning into panic, becomes attached to the Object. Sudden connection through this heroic struggle together against the Object creates a new solidarity, a social bond that has been lacking, which in turn, creates meaning. People then feel that they can control their psychological discontent by participating in the strategy, even if it’s utterly absurd.. (Paraphrased by Barbara With)
So, those who succumb to this find a comforting solidarity with other like-minded souls and a new purpose in life.  They also collectively focus their bile and anger at those who refuse to join the collective.

Dr Desmet estimates that in a mass formation...
30% of people are deeply hypnotized

40% are not but go along with the crowd — if this 40% stop hearing dissenting voices of reason they will unite with the hypnotized to go along

30% that cannot be hypnotized; we must keep speaking out
I haven't done his explanation justice here.  Please go listen to the fascinating interview with him at Peak Prosperity.  You can also watch the video there, or you can read the transcript.  If you are a podcast listener, you can search for the podcast by entering 'peak prosperity podcast'  

* - Final Note: Mass Formation is a concept that can be applied to many phenomena including political movements.  Some will be tempted to cite 'MAGA' or 'Trumpism,' and its manifestations in 'Stop the Steal,' and the Jan 6th Capitol incident and I would not disagree.  However, this is pale deflection.  

The Covid Mass Formation is orders of magnitude more dangerous because it is impacting billions of lives across the globe and threatens to reorder western societies along a more totalitarian model.  MAGA enjoys the support of no major media outlets, no governments and no major institutions.  Covid Hysteria is stoked daily by governments, press and institutions across the globe.

I will delete off-topic comments.  If you want to fit this model to any phenomena you deplore, do it on your own platform.

More Links

Philosopher's Stone - A little out there, but I reject nothing out of hand anymore

Friday, December 3, 2021

Get it off your chest!

We are getting too many off topic comments, so if it's off topic, put it here or get it deleted! 

 We are generally very lenient when it comes to comments and let almost anything, that is even tangentially related, go. As most of you know, I act as the "trash man," and I take out the rubbish. 

If one of your comments gets removed or permanently deleted, you can blame me. 


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Recommended Reading

See 10 Amazing Facts About Unborn Babies You Should Know Before SCOTUS Rules On Dobbs.  Many of these details were unknown at the time of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. 

Do you believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by the SCOTUS?

Monday, November 29, 2021

Debasing The Cathedral Of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris ablaze in April 2019:
[photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

Apparently, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is going to be "restored" in a way that will destroy the historical and faith-based significance of this touchstone of Western Civilization (emphases mine):
Fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral is being turned into a 'woke theme park' with renovators adding a 'discovery trail' and 'Christianity for dummies' exhibits, critics have claimed. 

Under new plans, confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures will be scrapped for trendy art murals, with sound and lighting effects creating 'emotional spaces.' 

A 'discovery trail' will lead visitors through various chapels, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, and scripture will be beamed onto the walls in various languages, including Mandarin. One of the sanctuaries will even be dedicated to the environment. 

Maurice Culot, an award-winning Paris-based architect, told The Telegraph: 'It's as if Disney were entering Notre-Dame. 

'What they are proposing to do to Notre-Dame would never be done to Westminster Abbey or Saint Peter's in Rome. It's a kind of theme park and very childish and trivial given the grandeur of the place.'...
Read the rest HERE.  Worth your time

******Robert Spencer comments — accurately, in my view (emphasis mine): 
But to rebuild the cathedral back exactly the way it was would require the faith that built it in the first place, and that is long gone from France and much of the rest of Europe as well. The new Notre Dame will stand as a monument to the new faith of a Europe that has lost a sense of itself and of its own purpose. Those who visit it will be introduced to the trivial concerns and hysterical propaganda of the early twenty-first century, and if they had any familiarity with the old cathedral, they’ll gain a new understanding of why France in the early twenty-first century was in such a state of decline. The new cathedral will sing of France’s loss of itself and of its nerve. But it probably won’t do so for the 850 years that the old cathedral stood.
Over and over during the past several years, I have asked myself, "Why is Western Civilization so determined to trivialize and deprecate itself and, as a consequence, commit suicide?"  Robert Spencer has answered that question.  

We need a Twenty-first Century Great Awakening!

Additional reading: What was lost and saved from the Notre Dame fire (Apr 16, 2019).

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving 2021

This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for finding love again. At my age! A year ago, who'd have thought that I'd be "starting over" in such a beautiful home in a quiet city in Indiana with my beloved Warren.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 22, 2021

Watch Tucker Carlson Tonight on November 22

The video below is not the November 22, 2021 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, but rather the opening monologue of the November 19, 2021 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight

Even if you don't like Tucker Carlson, please, please watch:

Take note of the information in the link below — and either watch live or set your DVD-R: 

Some related reading: Kyle Rittenhouse is Free - and the Left is Enraged by Robert Spencer (November 19, 2021).  A must-read!

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Nothing like the love of a dog:

Warren's Smokie (b. 2011):

My juvenile delinquent Callie (b. 2017):

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

In America?

(hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance)

Blurb for the video below (emphases mine): 
Scottsdale, Arizona mom Amanda Wray discusses the contents of the ‘dossier,’ which includes hidden camera conversations, bank records, phone numbers and addresses [and more].
Worth your time:

Similar outrageous shenanigans are ongoing all over our nation.


Related reading: School Official Gathered Intel on Anti-CRT Parents Including Background Checks and Pics of Their Kids.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Recommended Reading

It looks to me as if Pete Buttigieg could be the Democrat Party's next nominee for President of the United States. So, what's this guy all about? Forewarned is forearmed. 

For starters, see Secretary Pete: ‘Remove City Highways To Fix Racial Inequities’ (November 9, 2021, at Bunkerville's blog).  Excerpt:
...Some cities, such as Syracuse, N.Y., want to tear down portions of urban highways, restore old street grids and redevelop neighborhoods. O’Toole is skeptical, saying highway demolition could increase traffic congestion in local neighborhoods and lead to other unintended consequences. 

“I’m afraid what we’re going to see with this $20 billion is anti-road people tearing out roads,” O’Toole said....
Read the rest HERE at Bunkerville.

These "true believers" in racial equity are dangerous, IMO.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Enjoy Fern Hill, composed by American composer John Corigliano (b. 1938): 

The above is based on Dylan Thomas's poem "Fern Hill" (1945).  Follow the piece's lyrics by going HERE.

Important details about the poem HERE.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Video: Homelessness

The uncomfortable truth? 

Transcript and citations HERE.

Do you agree with Rufo's proposed solution?  And what are the specifics thereof?

Or maybe you believe that there is no solution?

Please weigh in after watching the entire video above or examining the transcript.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Serial Liar Dr. Anthony Fauci

Furthermore, over and over again, Dr. Fauci and other scientists tout the benefits of the vaccines. Yet (hat tip to Deplorable Bloggers Alliance):

Additional videos about the ongoing obfuscation of the COVID vaccinations' harms HERE. Please watch!

Can we trust scientists to determine what is best for us to have inserted into our own bodies?

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)
We arose at the crack of dawn to film "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" in the beautiful meadowlands of Deadwood, SD! And don’t y’all think it was about time we did a version of this de facto national anthem anyways??
Enjoy a few moments with the American country, a cappella group Home Free:

Friday, November 5, 2021

Stupidest. Government. On. Earth.

Silverfiddle Rant!
WASHINGTON — Thousands of migrant parents and children separated from each other at the U.S. border by Trump administration policies may soon be eligible for hundreds of thousands of dollars per person in compensation, according to three sources familiar with ongoing negotiations in a lawsuit brought on behalf of separated families. (NBC News)

We're in deep trouble when real news can no longer be distinguished from parody websites like the Babylon Bee. Ratfink America-hating lawyers have organized a lawsuit against the US government that would pay $450,000 to each person separated from a family member after trying to break into our nation.
That would mean that if a parent and a child were separated at the border, together they would be eligible for a combined payment of $900,000.
As the cheesy old infomercials used to say, But wait!  There's more!
The Biden administration established a task force to track down and work toward reunification for separated migrant families. So far, the task force has reunited just over 50 families. Lawyers representing those families hope many more may soon be reunited after the Biden administration agrees to allow deported parents to return to the United States on a permanent or temporary parole basis.
Ticks and bedbugs have embedded themselves in government and are hell-bent on "fundamentally transforming" our nation.

This will result in more and larger stampedes of people from all over the world to our southern border, a bonanza for the human traffickers and criminal gangs who control and sell access to our nation.

This after the revelation that illegal immigrant Fiston Ngoy--The Philadelphia rapist-- had previous convictions here in the US, including sexual assault, but the enemies within who run our nation's immigration racket decided it was all cool and we needed to cut him some slack.

Government's first imperative is to protect its citizens.  Our government has failed.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Peak Progressive?

Silverfiddle Rant!
Kaylee McGhee White writes in the Examiner that Biden's Agenda is Dead.  That's debatable, but she makes some good points.  After the Democrats' Tuesday night drubbing, she asks...

Why, then, would any centrist Democrat go out on a limb to support him and his $1.75 trillion-plus budget "reconciliation" framework?

This leftwing slush fund was already on thin ice.  Democrat are fighting with themselves over nothing more than a raw political exercise.  What's in the bill?  What's out? For how many years?  

What do they want to accomplish? Even Democrats don't know, or it changes based on the latest negotiation.  At this point, the progressive caucus are children screaming in a store because Daddy Joe and Mommy Kyrsten won't buy them that bicycle, the other kids are frantic, and Grandpa Joe and Grandma Nancy are trying to bargain them down to a less expensive toy.

Most Americans don't know what is in the bill...
Although a majority (55%) of the public is following news about the negotiations at least somewhat closely, about 7 in 10 (69%) Americans said they know just some or little to nothing about what's in both bills. (ABC News)
Most Americans are not cheering for this bill's passing...
The ABC News/Ipsos poll, which was conducted using Ipsos' KnowledgePanel, found that a plurality (32%) of Americans think the bills would hurt people like them if they became law, while fewer (25%) think it would help them.

Even among Democrats alone, fewer than half (47%) think the two bills would help people like them. (ABC News)
So, why are Democrats desperate to pass something, anything?  

The answer is, raw, naked power.  Elected officials and unelected bureaucrats have lost the telos.  They view their actions as their own ends.  Diplomats and foreign policy types think holding talks and reaching meaningless, unenforceable "deals" are accomplishments.  Congresspeople and Senators see legislation as an accomplishment within itself, and who gives a hoot about unintended consequences.

Our federal government is a gargantuan shambolic cyclops eating trillions of dollars and crapping lead boulders, destroying everything and everyone in its path.  I have no idea how We The People ever get this under control, but Tuesday just might be a start.

What say you?

Related: Virginia Exit Poll (Spoiler Alert! 51% of Virginia voters said Democrats are too liberal)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Times they are a Changin'

Shaddap, white progressives.  Black woman with a gun talking!

Virginia's new GOP Lt Governor:
“The Democrats have been successful in instilling fear in people who look like me,” she told Zenger in a wide-ranging interview. “I have had white liberals talk down to me — talk down to me, and as if I didn’t exist — simply because I’m a Republican.”

“I mean, how dare you? Who told you you could talk to me that way? Because I’m not the right kind of black? Is that how this works?” 
(First Black Woman GOP Lt. Governor Nominee Crusades In High-Stakes Virginia)

How many progressives are weeping with joy that a former slave state has elected its first Lt Governor woman of color?

Semper Fi, Winsome Sears.

Monday, November 1, 2021

The Biden Administration: Wry Humor Edition



Of course, what the Biden Administration is doing to our republic is not a laughing matter.  Not at all.  

Our nation is being ground down to the level of a Banana Republic.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Halloween With The Addams Family

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From back in the day (1964-1966), and based on The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams back in 1938:

On the serious side, below is a video of John Astin many years later (2004), when he presented "The Raven" in the one-man Poe show, Once Upon A Midnight. I had the pleasure and privilege of seeing John Astin in person as he transformed himself into Edgar Allan Poe.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Disrupted Supply Lines?

A personal story....

So, way back in May, Warren ordered a La-Z-Boy reclining chair and a half so as to accommodate him and his large dog Smokie. The recliner that Warren has now is all broken down. Unbelievably so! And in less than five years!  We aren't bothering moving that pitiful chair from Warren's old house to this house where we are now.  And, fortunately, I saved my parents' full size sofa from all those years ago.  Otherwise, we'd have a real paucity of living-room furniture!


The huge living room in our house needs that recliner so that I have one recliner (a La-Z-Boy lift chair, bought in 2010 for Mr. AOW and still going strong all these years later, mostly because Mr. AOW never got well enough to use it consistently) for me and one for Warren.

Warren is still waiting for the chair he ordered back in July and prepaid at the time of ordering. When he contacted the store a few weeks ago, they shrugged and said, "It won't be ready until February." 


Monday, October 25, 2021

"Lower Your Expectations"

I know that many of you don't care to watch Tucker Carlson regularly.  You and I disagree there: I try to watch every night — especially the opening segment.  In my view, Tucker Carlson offers some matters to consider or offers a different insights about certain matters you have already considered.

I admit that I myself admire the biting sarcasm in the video clip below:

Extremely brief précis for the above: War is peace, freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength (George Orwell, 1984).  

The referenced Washington Post opinion piece, dated October 18, 2021, is reproduced in full below the fold, along with my brief commentary:

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Musical Interlude

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Antonio Vivaldi's "Autumn," a portion of The Four Seasons (published, 1725) — this portion perhaps the most underrated of Vivaldi's "seasons":

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Farewell, General

Silverfiddle Rant!

A great man has passed on...

WASHINGTON — Colin Powell, the retired four-star general who became the country's first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Monday due to complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement on Facebook. (NBC News)

I remain a life-long admirer of Colin Powell. The man's record of bravery and patriotic service to his nation in many roles is unquestionable.  Getting caught up in the Cheney-Bush gang's WMD jiggery pokery brought an ignominious end to his national service, culminating in unindicted coconspirator Andy Card demanding his resignation after Powell told congress the truth about Cheney-Bush's manufactured Iraq intelligence.

He went on to reject the GOP establishment and endorse Barack Obama for president.  This, combined with his death from covid despite being vaccinated has goaded some low-level dingbats and high-profile vulgar blowhards on the right into making snide, stupid and low-class comments. Fie on them all.    

Mission accomplished, General Powell.  May you rest in God's peace.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Vaccine Error — And Possible Tragedy

Not one error, but four errors. FOUR! 

Dateline: Evansville, Indiana.  All four members of the Price family pictured below were given adult-strength COVID vaccines instead of the flu vaccine:
Photo credit
The Prices say their children [four-year-old Lucas and five-year-old Sophia] have been exhibiting side effects since getting the adult doses, including fever, coughs, hypertension and heart issues.
Read the rest HERE.

How in the world does such an error happen in the first place?

I tell you this....When I go to get my annual flu shot  should my primary care doctor recommend that I do so  I will demand to see the vial or other package to make sure that there is no "mix up"!  I cannot afford to have another reaction to another COVID vaccine!

Addendum, dated October 15, 2021: 16 more coronavirus/flu shot mixups reported.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Musical Interlude

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Long-playing, easy-listening music, accompanied by gorgeous images, performed by the Henry Mancini Orchestra:

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

"Quit Lying about Natural Immunity"

Silverfiddle Rant!
Senator Rand Paul lambasted HHS Secretary Becerra:

"This is an arrogance coupled with an authoritarianism that is unseemly and un-American."

"You, sir, are the one ignoring the science."

"Quit lying to people about naturally acquired immunity."

Why isn't acquired immunity part of the vaccination conversation?  Is public safety just a disguise for dictatorial decrees?  Rand Paul seems to be on that trail...
"You, sir, are the one ignoring the science."

"The vast preponderance of scientific studies, dozens and dozens, show robust, long-lasting immunity after Covid infection. Even the CDC does not recommend measles vaccine if you have measles immunity. The same was true for smallpox. But you ignore history and science to shame the flat earthers, as you call them. You should be ashamed of yourself and apologize to the American people for being dishonest about naturally acquired immunity."


COVID ICU Doctor Quits Over Vaccine Mandate: "Hospitals Have An Absolute Commitment To Follow The Data"

Monday, October 11, 2021

Fake News

Silverfiddle Rant!

From Gallup...

* 9% in U.S. trust mass media "a great deal" and 31% "a fair amount"
* 27% have "not very much" trust and 33% "none at all"
* The percentage with no trust at all is a record high, up five points since 2019

Complaints of "the lying news media" are common, but the purveyors of propaganda are much more subtle that that.  Most of the press does not outright lie, they instead rely upon artistic use of tone, tenor and shading to sculpt key sentences in a story for maximum propaganda value.  

Here is an excellent example:  One sentence from a CNN article designed not to convey the news that Tennessee has passed an anti-CRT bill, but rather to ridicule the conservatives who passed the bill: 
Section 51, part 6 of the Tennessee law makes lesson plans illegal if students "feel discomfort, guilt, or anguish."
That Tennessee law sounds idiotic and legally unsound, doesn't it?  

(a) An LEA or public charter school shall not include or promote the following concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instructional program, or allow teachers or other employees of the LEA or public charter school to use supplemental instructional materials that include or promote the following concepts:

(6) An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or another form of psychological distress solely because of the individual's race or sex;
So, rightly stated, the law says...

Tennessee public schools are banned from teaching that "An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or another form of psychological distress solely because of the individual’s race or sex."

See the difference?

If dragged into a court of law, CNN could defend every word of their deliberate misstatement, because it has all been vetted by their lawyers.  So, CNN is broadcasting fact-checked, legally parsed propaganda designed to inflame, outrage and ridicule.  

CNN--and most of the rest of our Infotainment Media Complex--is only a hair's breadth better than sensationalist tabloids full of Elvis sightings, Gordon Ramsey's sex dwarf, 500 pound house cats and Dick Cheny is a Robot headlines.

But is that really what we want?  We deserve better than barely-legal propaganda disguised as news.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Musical Interlude

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The Presto from Sonata in D Minor, composed by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757):

About the composer Domenico Scarlatti (emphases mine):
...Notable admirers, including Béla Bartók, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Pieter-Jan Belder, Johann Sebastian Bach, Muzio Clementi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Emil Gilels, Francis Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen, Enrique Granados, Marc-André Hamelin, Vladimir Horowitz, Ivo Pogorelić, Scott Ross (the first performer to record all 555 sonatas), Heinrich Schenker, András Schiff and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Read about the accomplished American pianist Anthony di Bonaventura (1929–2012), the pianist performing in the above video, HERE. What creds!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A Dangerous Escalation

Silverfiddle Rant!

The Department of Justice said it was creating a task force to determine how federal enforcement tools could be used to prosecute criminal conduct toward teachers, and how to assist state and local authorities investigate such threats where such instances may not constitute federal crimes. (The Hill)

What does a progressive totalitarian do when her ideology is challenged by people demanding facts?  Refuse to debate, obfuscate, deploy shifty taxonomy and strain to reframe the issue. 
Most those who have heard of critical race theory and think they have a good idea of what it is believe that teaching it in schools is bad for America (55%). More than one-third of this group (37%) thinks that it is good for America. (YouGov Poll)
What if she still can't convince normal people?  Call them racists.

What if shouting "Racist" doesn't work?  

Get the bureaucratic police state to declare your enemies terrorists.  

So now we are in a nation where "parading" inside the Capitol building wearing a horned helmet makes you a terrorist.  Oath Keepers are now terrorists, despite being members of an above-board organization that states its mission publicly and has never planned or carried out a terrorist attack.  Same for the Proud Boys, who at best are a street-fighting reactionary opposite of the Antifa anarcho-fascists.

George Bush took a giant step towards building a totalitarian police state after 9/11, and the bureaucracies have been building it out ever since, yearning to replicate communist Eastern Europe or 1950's Latin American dictatorships.  Yes, the US Postal Service carries out a domestic spying operation on US citizens residing in the nation we once thought was ours.

Someone shouting at a school board meeting is not terrorism.  Threatening violence is not terrorism--It is a crime that local police departments and local prosecutors know how to handle.  This is way over the top. Our federal government is out of control and I don't know how we stop it.

America has seen terrorism.  Bubba threatening to kick a school board member's ass ain't it. Please read this short article for a dose of reality:  A History of Attacks at the US Capitol