Random Thoughts for June, 2016. By Robert A. Hall
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Joey No Socks for Vice President!
In November, the American People will have to make the solemn decision as to which of two corrupt New York Liberals is the most proficient liar.
I do not believe there is anything that Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump could do or say that would make me vote for either of them. I believe they both have meretricious characters that make them unfit for public office of any sort.
on our way north, we saw a
two-story vacant office building off I-55. There was a huge Trump banner on the
second floor. On the first floor was a large, "For sale" sign. Alas,
no time to get a picture as we sped by. Jackson,
People who say they aren't worth anything until they have had their morning coffee may not be worth much afterwards either.
With Trump as the nominee, no Republican senate or house seat is safe. I think President Clinton will have a Democrat Senate, maybe even a Democrat House to support her agenda.
When a business displays one of those super-huge American flags, I think it's 2% patriotism and 98% marketing. At least.
Georgia Senator George Hill, after the Civil War, described people like Trump who avoided service: "Men who are Invincible in Peace and Invisible in War."
Had a robo poll. I said I was Republican and strongly conservative, had a highly unfavorable opinion of both Trump and
Clinton. Then it asked if
I was going to vote for Trump or Clinton.
No third choice. It hung up when I didn't answer. (They called back in person
the next day. I told them what I thought of their poll.)
My brother Mark works at the local mall. Recently, going for coffee, he heard a noise behind him, saw three cops cuffing a black kid (one of the cops was also black, so maybe no protests). Kid was shouting, "Why you arresting me. I didn't do nothing." Mark turned around to go on his way, heard a thunk and turned back to see one of the cops kicking a gun away from the kid. He told his coworkers of the incident, and one said sarcastically, "Can't be--this is a gun-free zone." Maybe they need more signs, Mark replied. According to the press, it was a BB gun that looked like a real gun.
As mentioned before, Mark drives my car, complete with USMC and GOP bumper stickers, to work. The other night he came out to discover some tolerant
liberal had spit tobacco juice over the car. Unless it was a lost Donaldcrat
who wondered in from the country and took exception to my Cruz sticker. Same
But one day he found a bumper sticker under the windshield wiper: Hillary for Prison in 2016. Looking for space for it.
The positive benefit of the Trump rise: we are learning which conservatives have principles and which are willing to sacrifice principle for a hope of winning something.
On our recent trip to
the motels all had the TV channels listed in numerical order, so if you wanted,
say, the weather Channel, you had to read through the full list to find it.
Wouldn't alpha order seem to be a no-brainer?
Everyone can think back many years and recall times when they made an ass of themselves. They are the only ones who remember.
Most people are too busy listening to radio station WIIFM to worry about our country in ten or twenty years. (That's What's In It For Me.)
I expect that anytime now some Muslim soldiers will demand time off for Jihad. The Obama DoD will grant it, saying, "Muslims built the very fabric of the Army."
In a totalitarian system, decisions are made by an oligarchy, with their own benefit being their first principle. In a democratic system, decisions are made by a plurality of short-sighted, greedy, low-information voters who select the oligarchy that promises them the most. The elected oligarchy than seeks it's own benefit as their first principle.
If you want to understand the 2016 Trump-Clinton election, you should read a good history of the War of the Roses, when two rich and powerful families sought to be absolute rulers, with all the benefits that comes with such power. Intrigue, treachery, lying and side-switching were in vogue.
I suppose Target stores are where Obama's PJ boy gets his PJs and hot chocolate.
In the old phrase, the primary voters of both sides, "Have raised a devil they cannot so easily lay."
It is doubtless important to the survival of the race that grandparents should view any expression of mental acumen in a grandchild as the opening bud of future genius.
If we get President Hillary, the people to blame are those who voted for Trump in the primaries, not the conservatives who warned them we could never vote for him.
You might survive having your boss think that you think you are smarter than him or her...unless you really are.
If Black Lives Really Mattered, wouldn't black people give information to police about black thugs who murder black people?
If Trump gets elected president, and starts using executive orders to end run Congress as Obama has, Democrats will suddenly discover that doing so is unconstitutional.
Liberals want "safe spaces" for young women. Just not in the lady's room.
The GOP had an embarrassment of riches in presidential candidates. Now we have just one rich embarrassment.
If Trump ran an ad saying, "Big Brother for President," his supporters would say, "Yup, we need a strong hand in the White House."
Too many liberals love black folks, but don't actually know any except the lady who cleans their condo.
Liberals don't have to waste time reading books on history, economics or politics. They just recite the talking points they are handed by their betters.
Buying time may be necessary in a given situation, but it is usually pretty expensive.
Remember the old days when Hillary Clinton was against gay marriage and Donald Trump said the Dreamers had convinced him and that Romney lost because the GOP was too harsh on immigrants? Good times, huh?
Talk is cheap, but incompetence will out.
Most kids today wouldn't mind being sent to solitary confinement, as long as they had their earbuds, iPod and Smartphone. They lead solitary lives as it is. I'm glad I grew up before the constantly-wired generation.
Not that Obama is going to put women in ground combat, why not the NFL? Why not eliminate separate men's and women's teams in high school and college athletics? (Hat Tip Col. Andy Weddington)
The world is full of rock painters. In the military, that's an officer who takes over a unit that is functioning well, so to put his mark on it, he has the enlisted men paint the rocks lining the walk to HQs a different color. Rock Painters exist in government, business, politics and non-profits as well.
With Trump and
the expected nominees of the two major parties, it may be time for the country
to go on hospice care.
If Donald Trump is a Republican, then the Republican Party no longer stands for anything.
If a post on Facebook says "I bet I won't get one share," or "Please share to fight cancer, show your patriotism/save a puppy/show you love Jesus, etc.," I almost never share.
When a politician or a political group asks for your opinion, it's a lead in to asking for your money.
When I went to school, we had one graduation--from high school itself. Now kids graduate from middle school and kindergarten. Soon they will graduate, with a cap, gown and prom, from each semester.
Abortion is very acceptable in polite company, unlike using certain words, smoking, farting, or being conservative.
I've noticed that the elites think the F word, and often the C word are more acceptable in polite company than the N word.
The Republicans who have put their careers ahead of their country by getting in bed with Trump will discover they have damaged both, perhaps irreparably.
With home renovations, an estimate is the opening bid, not the final number.
Obama could do a lot to dispel fears that Muslim immigrants are dangerous by ordering some to be hired and trained to fly Air Force One and to protect his family as Secret Service Agents.
Feminists who are terribly upset about a supposed "rape culture" on campus and who scream victim blaming if you dare suggest that walking alone in bad parts of town at two am isn't wise, are all to ready to pile on the "She had it coming because she dressed like a slut" bandwagon when women are raped by Muslim immigrants.
One of the Donaldcrats on my blog mailing list told me that my concerns about Trump's many far left positions indicated that the medications for my lung transplant were affecting my judgment. I'm used to abuse and insults from the far left when I disagree with them, and the Trumpites are no different, preferring insults to reason. I don't have to put up with it. I make no money from anything I post. He's blocked.
I used to say, half jokingly, that I voted Republican because the Republicans were ruining the country--but at a slower rate. Having turned the party over to a life-long NY liberal with a bias for big government, a meretricious character, an aversion to transparency, and a contempt for the truth, I fear if Trump is elected the GOP will pull ahead in ruining the country..
My dear, if you are overweight and not all that pretty, a large, ugly tattoo is not going to make things better. Trust me.
Talent is often confused with intelligence. Being able to sing, dance, draw, paint or throw a ball doesn't make you wise, educated or smart.
W still see too much transfer of authority. Being a great surgeon doesn't mean you can fly a passenger jet, or vice versa. Being a successful businessman doesn't mean you can run a country, and vice versa. And being in great debt as a private individual doesn't mean you can manage the national debt.
Both the Hillary Clinton and the Donald Trump campaigns abound with the noisome stench of self-dealing, rent-seeking and special-pleading.
If you have to compare yourself to a famous person or a great hero, there is no comparison.
"One need not hope in order to act, nor succeed in order to persevere." William the Silent 1533-1584
Donald Trump makes the egotist Barack Obama look as humble as a beggar.
When I see an infomercial on TV, or a magazine ad targeting vets or seniors, I assume it is a scam. If I'm interested in the product (rarely) they have to convince me. First I Google reviews, which knocks out 95% of them.
It doesn't matter what happened at the meeting if you get to do the minutes.
Say what you want about Islamophobia or The Religion of Peace, but if I find out the pilot's name is Mohammad, I'm not getting on the plane.
I notice that progressives of the secular humanist faith often mock the religious beliefs of Christians, but almost never those of Muslims. Could it be that they don't really believe Islam is a Religion of Peace?
Whether you view a person as a hero or a scoundrel usually depends on whether you are on the same or opposite sides.
"Thy necessity is yet greater than mine." Reported last words of the mortally wounded Sir Philip Sidney at the Battle of Zumphen, handing a cup of water to an equally wounded comrade.
Trump embraces the delusion of all authoritarians that threats, bullying and violence will eliminate resistance. In fact, it always increases it. Even in Nazi Germany there was a resistance, including The White Rose Society.
The first (Grand Union) flag of the United Colonies of North America, featuring 13 red and white stripes with a Union Jack in the top left corner where today we have stars, was produced in
Philadelphia in 1775 by--as every school
child knows--Milliner Margaret Manny. Peggy just didn't have the PR department
of Betsy Ross, which, as we see today from Trump to the Kardashians, is what
makes a person famous.
Faced with Obama, Republicans said, "Character Matters!" Faced with Trump, too many said, "Meh, not so much."
A recent addition to my political mailing list was a Donaldcrat who continually berated me that I was naive in not supporting Trump. I sent him the link to Trump's whole-owned mob subsidiary, Joey No Socks. https://www.yahoo.com/news/how-a-convicted-felon-nicknamed-joey-no-socks-153029052.html He told me I didn't understand how business was done in NY. So I sent him the article about Trumps ties to the mobsters, Anthony “Fat Tony”
Salerno and Paul Castellano. http://www.dailywire.com/news/5944/report-trump-did-business-vicious-mobster-fat-tony-hank-berrien#.V0Nr_s9UqBk.facebook
He wrote back: "As far as I know, “Fat Tony” and Paul Castellano are both
history. When construction funds get tight, as a developer you go where
the money is, rather than not do the project at all. I must admit, I
personally went to the knee busters in Seattle
in 1980, for a 125,000 sf. shopping center project I was developing. Yes,
it made me nervous until I was able to repay the loan. But I did build
the project, and the loan was repaid. So don’t think for a minute, that
Trump, just because he is famous and running for president, is the only person
to use that source of funds, and it doesn’t just happen in NYC." I
responded: "Ah. Explains your support for Trump. You are willing to do
business with the mob, who got the money you needed from drugs, extortion,
robbery, prostitution. Making you complicit in all these. Never talk to me
about character or values voters--you have demonstrated you have none." He
replied: "Just as I have said all along, YOU don’t have a clue about
business, PERIOD. You also might be surprised to know just how many, so
called legit loan operations, are and have been backed by “mob money”. I
do think you are a little naive , so just because I, at one time in my career,
needed money that wasn’t available at the time, and I with my eyes open,
borrowed, what was then known as “hard money”, I have no character or
values. WOW ! I think I will go and eat worms." I suggested,
" Get them from your mob friends--they will get them from the corpses who
provided your "hard money." It's impossible to argue politics or values
with people who think doing business with the Mob is normal, acceptable
Earls and Cardinals, Generals and Kings, Senators and Admirals--all molder in graves about the same size as that provided to the troops who did their bidding, or the farmers, tradesmen and merchants who provided their wants.
It seems to me rank discrimination against old people, who can't eat as much, that seniors can't split the "all you can eat" special. Does Bernie Sanders know about this?
As people who read my blog know, I think that Donald Trump is a truly odious person. But if you really want to make him president, I can think of no better way than to riot at one of his rallies. It gives him even more free media coverage, and I have to believe that the vast majority of voters still think political questions should be decided by debate, not by riots, violence and shouting down opponents.
Marge, a colleague of mine, used to say that watching TV gave people the illusion that they had a social life. You can now say the same thing about Facebook.
I wouldn't be surprised is Obama ordered the military not to fight ISIS or al Qaeda on the grounds that they were non-PC and didn't include women or transgenders in their combat units. (Except for women and children suicide bombers, of course.) Why would we want to be involved with such unenlightened people?
Lord Acton described his age to be one of "abject idolatry of power, when laws both human and divine were made to yield to the intoxication of authority and the reign of will." He might have been writing about the age of Obama,
Hillary Clinton is a proven liar. She let four Americans die in
rather than send help for fear an incident might involve Muslim civilian deaths
and the Islamic world explode, hurting the administration in the election. Then
she blamed it on a video, though her private emails showed she knew at the time
it was a terror attack. She endangered national security by using a private
email server to try to avoid having her emails scrutinized under the Freedom of
Information Act, despite claiming to be the most transparent person in
politics. She used her position as Secretary of State to reward countries that
paid Bill Clinton handsomely for speeches, or that gave generously to the
Clinton Foundation, which one charity monitor has called a slush fund, not a
charity. This continued a career-long pattern of rent-seeking and self-dealing.
If you vote for her for President, you are endorsing all this, and it is on
Donald Trump has a life long history of commitment to only two values: self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. He lies more frequently even than
often contradicting himself in the same speech, making it hard for
fact-checkers to keep up. He has a history of saying whatever benefits him at
the time; for and against immigrants, for and against abortion, for and against
gun control, for and against Obamacare and extending it to single-payer, he
will and he won't release his tax returns. He is an odious person with a
meretricious character, bragging publicly about cheating on his first two
wives, sleeping with numerous married women, saying sex was his Vietnam,
cheating students at Trump University where he lied and said he would hand-pick
the instructors, using a mob guy (Joey no Socks) to give him phony awards and
other mob guys to fund his projects (they get the money to do so from drugs,
prostitution, extortion, robbery and loan sharking) demeaning women and our
POWs, and making fun of a disabled reporter, then lying about it. If you vote
for him for President, you are endorsing all this, and it is on your
As I understand it, liberals say that gender is just a social construct, but that we should vote for Hillary because she's a woman. If that's the criteria, I prefer Caitlin Jenner.
People keep talking about Trump's hair. I could care less. It's his meretricious character, his odious behavior, his narcissistic personality, and his ignorance in every subject that a President should be knowledgeable in that makes it impossible for me to vote for him.
If you tend to expect the worst from people, you will often be unhappy. But the upside is you will be right a lot.
You have to admit the Democrats play fair. With the GOP set to nominate its weakest possible candidate, the Democrats look like following suit.
How come putting bacon at a Mosque or burning a Qur'an is hate speech, but burning an American flag is not?
Thinking of moving to
Why not skip ten years into the future and move directly to Mexico? Or if
you are really bold, you can move twenty years into California's future by taking advantage of
low housing prices in Socialist Venezuela. Sure, there's a toilet paper
shortage, but it's balanced out by the food shortage.
It's not hard to see why a guy would decide to identify as a woman. After all, women live an average of seven years longer than men and often can have multiple orgasms. Call it "female privilege." Example: Pulmonary Fibrosis kills at least as many people as breast cancer every year, but it is an equal opportunity killer, while breast cancer is primarily a women's disease. Thus breasts cancer gets about 80 times as much research funding. #NotAllLivesMatterEqually
Looking at a newsletter recently, two columns side by side started, "Summer is Here!" and "I can't believe how the two years have flown" If it weren't for clichés, some folks couldn't write a word.
People are saying that because she edited a piece on guns to cut out the responses of the pro-gun people, Katie Couric can never be trusted again. But I never trusted her in the past....
People can have psychopathic tendencies without being full-blown psychopaths. See the presidential campaigns...
We were at Brat Fest in
Madison. They had a wall with photos of the
1600+ Wisconsin guys who died in Vietnam. I was looking at it when a
woman saw my cap ad thanked me for my service. I said it was a privilege to
wear the uniform, that I wished I was young and healthy enough to do so again.
She said I bet you could tell a lot of stories. "Yes," I replied,
"and some of them would even be true!"
If you fail to follow all the rules, you will not be promoted. If you do follow all the rules you will make an ass of yourself screwing things up...
I feel no pity for political operative Rick Wiley, who was hired by Trump then fired six weeks later. As the old saying goes, "You knew he was a snake when you picked him up--you can't complain if he bit you!"
By not reporting or under-reporting facts that don't fit their agenda, the media keeps the low-info voters low info.
Sometimes, from the questions people ask me, I get the feeling I'm the only one paying attention. And I'm often sorry I am.
Bad choices have bad consequences. Unfortunately, especially for the family, friends and employers of the bad choosers.
Does Obama's transgender policy apply to prisons? Can a male rapist claim he identifies as a woman and get a female cellmate in a woman's prison? Or a female prostitute decide she's a man inside and go to a male prison?
The most over-worked folks in
must be the opposition research people at the Clinton and Trump campaigns. So much material
to choose from.
Bumper Sticker Suggestion: #UnbornBlackLivesMatter
The best hand that life can deal you can lead to a terrible life, if you play it badly and make bad choices. Conversely, a lot of people have been dealt bad hands, but have had great lives by playing them well, and making good choices. and if you know history or the world, anyone born in
since WWII who doesn't have mental or physical disabilities has been dealt a
pretty good hand.
The case of the glasses:
The optimist sees the glass as half full.
The pessimist sees the glass as half empty.
The executive sees unused glass capacity.
The pragmatist sees a glass that can be refilled.
The Drama Queen sees that, "Some one has taken half my drink. Who did it? I'll find out. I'm calling the police. This is the worst thing that could happen! Why do these things always happen to me? Everyone else's glass is full. I'm calling my Congressman. I'm going to sue....
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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com.