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Monday, September 26, 2022


 

Donald Trump is the expression of the id, animated by libidinal whims, repressed desires, and resentments; the liberal establishment was the moralizing superego, directing commands toward appropriate conduct and policing discourse. 

Upon losing control of the id, the compulsion to fact-check and bellow “This is not normal!” into the post-truth abyss turned liberals, Rensin proclaims, into “the blathering superego at the end of history.” (Altexploit - The New Lexicon of Hate)


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

Stalin and the Soviet regime hailed Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 as a heroic celebration of the USSR.  In reality, it damned the cruel communist regime that crushed the human soul and murdered millions. 

He said: “The rejoicing is forced, created under threat. It’s as if someone were beating you with a stick, saying ‘Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing’, and you rise up, shaky, and go marching off, muttering, ‘Our business is rejoicing.’ Stalin liked it because he thought Shostakovich was glorifying him, not realizing the composer’s true intent! (How Shostakovich Survived to Protest Stalin’s Anti-Semitism)

If you're like me and you don't automatically "get" classical music, here is a read-ahead to orient you to the historical context and what each of the four movements are about: Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

There is also a two-minute YouTube video that captures the time quite nicely:  Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

I have enjoyed a live performance of this symphony, and it is indeed emotion and moving. I hope you enjoy and appreciate it.



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

In This House, We Believe


Silverfiddle Rant!



In this progressive house, We Believe...



All immigrants should be given shelter... somewhere else

Declaring our city a sanctuary city is virtuous, just don't ask us to actually provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants

Black Lives Matter!  Except for the Black Lives burned out of their businesses and neighborhoods by larping privileged white kids and Marxists of Color protesting police violence against black people by destroying black neighborhoods and businesses.

Doctor Fauci is Science

Working people who never attended college should bail out those who did

Gender is a white male construct!

My Body My Choice!!! (Unless you are a little baby body gestating in the womb)

"The Science" is "settled"

Logic is racist

"Fact Checkers" "Debunk" "Disinformation," and "Misinformation" 

Crayons are real food

Monday, September 19, 2022

Beria's America


Silverfiddle Rant!
I would like to ask everyone to please stay on topic.  It's unfortunate the comment threads have turned into a place for personal rants and hobby horses.

Today we compare the cases of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  I know, the press has already "debunked" and "fact checked" everything, but please hear me out, and then tell us what you think.


Which action puts our nation's secrets in more jeopardy of being stolen by our adversaries?

1) Taking classified paper documents and locking them in a private home?

or

2) Flagrantly air-gapping classified information from secure systems to unclassified ones, and routinely transmitting classified information over unsecure e-mail, and storing communications including Confidential, Secret and Top Secret information on an unprotected server connected to the internet, where US government secrets are literally exposed to any hacker anywhere in the world?

Here are the facts from the FBI investigation of Hillary and her staff:
"From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received." 

"Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification ..."  (RCP - Adriana Cohen)
Her only defense is that Comey called the sloppy and lazy practices of her and her staff "extremely careless" but not criminal.  An opinion that JustUs Minister Loretta Lynch eagerly gobbled up to push the whole affair down the memory hole and allow Hillary to proceed to her coronation.

Career friendlies at the State Department also investigated and concluded that Hillary and her staff meant no harm, they just innocently spilled classified information hundreds of times, destroyed evidence and wiped a hard drive.  Anyone could have made those mistakes...

Hillary got a sweeheart deal from the syndicate because she's a made man.  FBI investigators allowed Clinton bagman Cheryl Mills and other co-conspirators to sit in on the "interviews," and they immunized the low level IT technician who did the dirty work. Whatever happened to the FBI squeezing lower lever people and making them squeal, and working their way up the chain to the Big Guy?

Our government and the press operate on a flagrant double-standard.  I don't understand why everyone does not see it, or how anyone can defend it.

What say you?

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

From the days of unforgettable television-show themes, enjoy "Park Avenue Beat," the Theme to Perry Mason (1957-1966), composed by the prolific radio, television, and film composer Fred Steiner (1923-2011): 
The [Perry Mason] theme music is one of the most recognizable in television. Composer Fred Steiner set out to write a theme that would project the two primary aspects of Mason's character—sophistication and toughness. "The piece he came up with, titled "Park Avenue Beat," pulsed with the power of the big city and the swagger of a beefy hero played to perfection by actor Raymond Burr," wrote the Los Angeles Times. Described by Steiner as "a piece of symphonic rhythm and blues," the Perry Mason theme heard at the opening and end credits became the composer's best-known work.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 9/16/22

 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

A Fascist by any other Name...


Silverfiddle Rant!
"It is astonishing to watch Dems and their allies in media corporations posture as opponents of "fascism" - while their main goal is to *unite state and corporate power* to censor their critics and degrade the internet into an increasingly repressive weapon of information control."   - Glenn Greenwald



Monday, September 12, 2022

Remembering 9/11

 


When you went to Google on 11 Sep 2022, this is what you got.  Normally, Google marks a noteworthy occasion by incorporating the theme of the date in its clickable Google logo, with the embedded link taking you to a search with results about that historic day.  

This year, Google simply put an American flag with a black ribbon over it.  It was not clickable, but did render a tool tip message when you hovered the cursor over it.

I found that oddly fitting.  What are we remembering?


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Never Forget

Twenty-one years ago today. 

New York City:

Photo by Dr. Emil Chynn


Many more photos of Ground Zero HERE.


The Pentagon:
Photo from the Department of Defense

What did America learn that day?

What did the world learn that day?

Has the West learned the right lessons?

Have we moved on so far that we have forgotten those attacks?

History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes (attributed to Mark Twain).

Please take a few moments to reflect on the terrorist attacks of 9/11: to honor those who lost their lives and to remember the many more who lost their beloveds:

Friday, September 9, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 9/9/22

 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Conservatives are Happier than Liberals


Silverfiddle Rant!

For decades now, study after study has shown conservatives report more happiness than liberals.

There is one single study flying gnat-like in the face of facts, insisting cons are in reality no happier than libs.


"The portrait of conservatives that emerges is different from the view that conservatives are generally fearful, low in self-esteem, and rationalize away social inequality. Conservatives are more satisfied with their lives, in general... report better mental health and fewer mental and emotional problems (all after controlling for age, sex, income, and education), and view social justice in ways that are consistent with binding moral foundations, such as by emphasizing personal agency and equity. Liberals have become less happy over the last several decades, but this decline is associated with increasingly secular attitudes and actions." (Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?)
 
What say you?

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

What Now, Europe?


Silverfiddle Rant!
We hammered a few domestic politics topics hard yesterday, but left the topic of Europe and Ukraine largely unaddressed. Russia's invasion of Ukraine grinds on, Ukraine's harvest is piling up because Russia controls their access to the Baltic, and energy prices are not coming down.  In fact, they have increased almost ten-fold for some European nations.


Blogger buddy Geeez wrote a great post yesterday featuring comments from her stepchildren living in Germany.  It is an eyewitness report:  Real news from MUNICH

Vlad has finally pinched off Europe's gas pipe.  

What now? Putin knows European 'powers' are weak sisters.  This may be his gambit to end his bumbling Ukraine invasion.  Europe is stocked up, but they will still have to impose severe restrictions and rationing on homes and businesses. 

Our heating bills here in the US will bite hard, and look for worldwide riots and food shortages in poorer countries as Ukraine's war-shrunken harvest cannot export through Russian controlled ports.

Western nations will make it through, but this may be our own winter of discontent, and to what end? I don't see Europeans and Americans coming out the other side of this a happier people.


What say you?

Monday, September 5, 2022

Happy Labor Day!


Silverfiddle Rant!

I figured I'd give people a forum to sound off, in case anyone gets bored.  Me? I'm ready to go back to work.  In this over-crowded state, if you want to do anything on the weekend, you have to fight the traffic and the crowds.  Holiday weekends are even worse.

Anyway, here are some topics of discussion:


After the President's 'V for Vendetta' speech, he issued a clarification:
"I don't consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country."
Glad he cleared that up! What's going on?  

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The Infotainment Media Complex proudly participated in a  conspiracy to 'save' an election for Democrats, cheers on censorship, and has been fanning the flames of civil war for years.  Now this:
Red wave crashing? GOP momentum slips as fall sprint begins.
It's always been an iron law that polling before Labor Day is unreliable and predictive of nothing.  Reporting 'the news,' or propaganda?

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Vlad has finally pinched off Europe's gas pipe.  

What now? Putin knows European 'powers' are weak sisters.  This may be his gambit to end his bumbling Ukraine invasion.  Europe is stocked up, but they will still have to impose severe restrictions and rationing on homes and businesses. 

Our heating bills here in the US will bite hard, and look for worldwide riots and food shortages in poorer countries as Ukraine's war-shrunken harvest cannot export through Russian controlled ports.


What say you?

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

This Labor Day Weekend, enjoy String Quartet No. 12 'American' by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), also known for his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"
 

[about the above piece, which is, in effect an homage to American music, particularly Negro spirituals and folk songs]

Friday, September 2, 2022

Noise, Fear, AI/ML


Silverfiddle Rant!


So much to talk about, so little time...






Why did President Trump take and stash all those documents?

What is the absolute worst Russia could do to Europe?  What do we as Americans have to fear from Russia?

Is Europe worth defending with American blood and treasure?

Has the US Federal Government become a horrible uncontrollable machine that depersonalizes us and endangers our liberties, but that we paradoxically cannot survive without?

When President Obama federalized student loans in 2010 as part of interlocking legislation with Obama Care, he said this:
"By cutting out the middleman, we'll save American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years," the president said. "That's real money -- real savings that we'll reinvest to help improve the quality of higher education and make it more affordable."
It's 12 years later. Can anyone use federal budget figures to demonstrate this savings?

Can anyone point to any politician's promise of "savings" that actually happened?

Bonus Question: Who wrote the following?  (no prizes, Yahoogle search makes finding the author way too easy):
"In any technologically advanced society the individual's fate MUST depend on decisions that he personally cannot influence to any great extent. A technological society cannot be broken down into small, autonomous communities, because production depends on the cooperation of very large numbers of people and machines. Such a society MUST be highly organized..."

What say you?

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Government-Sponsored Pain


Silverfiddle Rant!


Inflations is not letting up, and we have a global energy crisis.

Frightening economic conditions are crushing ordinary Americans.




All this brought to us by the "leaders" and "experts" who... 

...thought it would be neato to consolidate a majority of the world's critical manufacturing in a communist nation determined to avenge historical humiliations, overpower its main enemy (The United States) and dominate the world.  Yes, educated people saw this even back in the 1980's when Papa Bush was admonishing us to not isolate China.

... doubled down on stupid by panicking in the face of the global covid pandemic.  Leaders and experts fomented hysteria, forcing the shutdown of schools and the main engines of the global economy, despite knowledge that the elderly and those in poor health (unlikely to be in school or the workplace) made up over 90% of deaths.

As if that weren't enough, the geniuses in the bowels of our federal government decided now was a great time to foment a hot war between Ukraine and Russia.  As a result, continued gas flow through the Nordstream pipeline is in doubt, Germany is burning coal again, and Europe is worried about making it through the winter with enough energy to heat homes and power the economy.

Yeah, we need a "Great Reset," but not the kind the rich and powerful have in mind...

Monday, August 29, 2022

Trump's Original Sin...

The rest of the above title: Forget Russiagate, TRUMP CREATED THE COVID VACCINE, Yeah, That's The Ticket.

Worth a few moments of your time:


Well, at least now, perhaps the truth about the dangers of the COVID vaccines will be allowed to come out.  All the law suits that will be flying around will be an outcome, of course.  Get ready for the storm.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Musical Interlude: One Year Ago Today

(For politics, please scroll down)

I was in the midst of the final days of packing up the last family homestead in preparation for an early-September move when Warren and I decided to  get married.

 Warren and I had been planning to go to the justice of the peace. 

 But no! 

 At my cousins' insistence, the farewell party for me became a perfect garden wedding for Warren and me. 

 All I had to do that day was show up with my hair washed and my nice shoes, and step into the wedding dress. Somehow, in the midst of all the packing, Warren and I found time to go shopping for a suit and shirt for him. Everything else for our wedding was taken care of by my cousins, two of whom walked me down the path and gave me away.

Not a dry eye anywhere in the assembly or at the altar when Warren and I took our vows!

PS: One of the aforementioned cousins was in my first wedding as a flower girl—way back in 1972. The second time around, her eight-year-old granddaughter was our flower girl.
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The very first song that Warren and I ever danced to:

Friday, August 26, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/26/22

 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Thank God for the First Amendment


Silverfiddle Rant!

Much of society is now a hooting nuthouse full of unhinged inmates trampling logic and common sense, and indifferent or even hostile to traditional religious beliefs. This is where the Christian admonition kicks in: Be in the world but not of the world.



The culture war is over - Conservative Christians lost

Traditional western jurisprudence has much of its roots in Biblical morality, but voters, elected representatives, and judges are rejecting those moral foundations, and the change has been rapid.

In 1986, the Supreme Court cited Blackstone to uphold Georgia's anti-sodomy law that outlawed homosexual sex. (Bowers v. Hardwick).  In 1991, the Supreme Court declared anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional.  (Lawrence v. Texas).  Gay marriage followed in 2015. (Obergefell v Hodges

Blackstone's compendium of western law explicates a nuanced approach to abortion, as does Jewish teachings.  People who want an absolute abolition of the practice must first acknowledge that they hold an extreme and minority position. I don't mean that as a pejorative.  True Christianity is uncompromising and not for the faint of heart. 

Coercion or Persuasion?

Religious right Republicans could win the House, Senate and White House and launch a farrago of revanchist federal laws including prohibitions on abortions and gay marriage, etc, but they would trigger their own version of one person, one vote, one time.  Voters would throw them out and banish them for a generation while the newly-elected would re-enshrine those rights.  Cramming laws down the throats of people who don't want them is a form of dictatorship.

Politics aside, imagine the torrent of ramifications flowing from such laws, and the impact on society. 

We are living in a neo-pagan age, and Christians are now in the realm of moral persuasion. The Lord's work will not be done in our legislatures and court houses, so roll up your sleeves, hoist high the First Amendment banner, and get to work.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Quote Of The Day

Recently, here at Always On Watch, in frustration with the manifestations of the political and sociological polarization of the 21st Century, team member Silverfiddle commented as follows (lightly edited):

.....I really do wish you would treat each of us here as individuals, not a cartoon cut out.

Anyway continue on with your low IQ red-team, blue-team sports.

Red Baaaaaaaaaasaaaaad!


Such is the state of our nation.  

We scream at — and past — each other when we subscribe to opposing ideologies. 

The discussion goes this way....

"I'm right!" screams one commenter.

"No!  I'm right!" screams the other commenter.

Sheesh.

What grade level are these exchanges?  There are multiple such exchanges to almost every blog post.

Are we Americans losing the ability to think and to engage in reasoned debate?

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Elvis Presley (1935-1977) has now been dead longer than he was alive. Hard to believe!

The selection below originates from the 1700's French love song "Plaisir d'amour" and was updated by George Weiss and others for the 20th Century.  Elvis first performed "Can't Help Falling in Love" in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, and his version went on to soar to the top of the Billboard charts and remain there for 20 straight weeks, a record which stood until Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1976).

Even today, over a half century later, Elvis's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is the most popular piece used by wedding couples for their first dance. 


Note: the above song was the last song [Elvis] performed live, at his [last live] concert in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena on 26 June 1977.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/19/22

 

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 By Warren    








    Any idea what the hell that light is that's floating around?  The above video was taken by a wireless infrared security camera.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Why People Don't Trust The FBI

 By Warren.

As most of you know, I live in Indiana. Several years ago, in Indiana, if you had a license to carry a concealed weapon, you could walk into a gun store and buy a pistol or long gun only having to fill out the required Federal form -- ATF Form 4473 -- and you could walk out with the firearm.

This was normal, and you had already gone through the local police, been fingerprinted, gone through a background check, submitted 3 personal recommendations attesting to character, a State police check, and an FBI background check. At that time, an FBI check meant that they would have to search written records -- if you had a file/record. The process would take -- at the very least --  a month. In my case it took longer.

The reason for that delay?  I had an FBI record, so someone would have to physically find the record and see what was in it. The reason I had a record?  I had a secret security clearance, and my entire life had been researched by the FBI before the clearance was granted. 

Several years later, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was instituted, and I bought a .22 caliber rifle at a gun show. Even though I had a license to carry a concealed weapon, the sale was put on hold for 3 days before I could acquire the rifle. The rule was the FBI had to respond within 3 days or the purchase could go through.

Things in Indiana are different now. I no longer even need a license to carry concealed -- although I have one. Getting a license was the reason I started to become curious about the FBI.

Later on, there were Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidians, the ruination of Richard Jewell, Clivan Bundy, Dr Steven J Hatill and several other incidents that pointed out the shabbiness and extralegal operations of the FBI.  All that shabbiness and the various extralegal operations of the FBI are why I don't trust the FBI -- or, for that matter, any other agency of the Government.

I came across a series of articles from The Capital Research Center, an investigative think tank that was "established in 1984 to examine how foundations, charities, and other nonprofits spend money and get involved in politics and advocacy, often in ways that donors never intended and would find abhorrent." 

See a culmination of several articles with links to other articles related to the FBI.

Read it or remain ignorant.  

Your choice.

Warren

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Hard to believe that this film debuted over 47 years ago (June 20, 1975), and I still don't like to swim in the ocean:


The genius of film composer John Williams

As one commenter opined at YouTube:
Miss Agent E 
1 year ago
John Williams took just two notes and made generations of people terrified of the ocean.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/12/22

 

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 By Warren   

Coming: A post on the historical and recent problems in the FBI.






Monday, August 8, 2022

School Hiring Today?

Is this what we've come to?  Is it any wonder that our schools are failing in their primary task, that of teaching an academic program of studies?  
Social engineering rules the day!

Personal anecdote....

Back in the Stone Age (1973 A.D.), when I was fresh out of college and certified to teach Spanish at the secondary-school level, I interviewed for my first teaching position, a job in the local public-schools system; at that time, the director of personnel interviewed all applicants who had made the first cut. 

I very nearly didn't get the job because I had graduated summa cum laude from the university and had a background as a private-school student. I was told of those two failings in no uncertain terms. I responded, "So, you want to hire teachers who have an inferior knowledge of the subject matter?"

The interview promptly ended.  No job for me.

I went home in angry tears, my mind racing: 

Why had I bothered to work so hard during my four years at the university? 

During my time as a student teacher, why had I bothered to show that I could generate lesson plans which spoke to both the excellent and the below-average? 

How would I ever get a job in my chosen field? 

At that time, no private school in Northern Virginia would hire any new teachers without at least one full year of previous teaching experience, and that experience had to come from having taught in a public-schools system.

I was devastated.

But all's well that ends well.

My mother happened to know the county superintendent of public schools, who had previously been the director at a very prominent private school in Northern Virginia. As such, he had always stood for excellence in education and he continued to do so as the county superintendent of public schools.

Mom made the call. 

He was stunned and infuriated that the director of personnel had taken hiring new teachers to the lowest common denominator! The big push at that time on the part of the county superintendent of public schools was a program called "Commitment to Education," an overall goal promoting both excellence of character and academic achievement.  All in all, it was a good program.

Needless to say, the county superintendent of public schools intervened on my behalf, and I got the job.  I went on to teach for the county for five years.  Why I gave up that position is another story for another time.

All of the above said, I am not in the least bit surprised that today's hiring of teachers has sunk to the lowest common denominator of our day: the hiring of outspoken, proselytizing sexual deviants.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/5/22

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 By Warren  





 
 
 
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